last weekend my family and i went through a bit of a tramatic thing. my 18 year old little brother had a biopsy done on an enlarged lymph node in his neck, and since the ear,nose, and throat guy (otolaryngologist?) was pretty convinced that it was cancer, we were just waiting for the bad news. luckily, it wasn't cancer, but instead it was mono. this is where it gets a bit sticky. they did not run any blood tests before they decided to do the surgery. after the negative biopsy results the first test they ran told us that he had mono. my family plans on either suing the doctor (who is also a plastic surgeon) or arbitrating for him to cover anything that our insurance does not cover, plastic surgery for the scar on his neck (if needed), a weeks worth of my brothers pay for recovery time for the surgery, and we plan on keep things open for possible nerve damage because of the unnecessary surgery. to be quite honest, i feel a bit let down. i guess i don't understand how he could have gone ahead with an operation without doing any blood work? shouldn't that be a preliminary thing? i don't see how he couldn't have rushed that through a lab and only made us wait a day or two extra? to top it off, my mother is convinced that he did the surgery just for the money (i hold that as an unlikely posibility, and definitely not as an assumption). i also am feel that i am only inviting some negative karma for suing a doctor, seeing on how i plan to be one eventually, but at the same time, i feel like he skipped a step, and he needs to take responsibility for his error. thankfully, my parents are being pretty level headed about what they want. my family isn't searching for a big payoff, we just want practical stuff covered for his error. since i feel pretty weird about this, i kind of wanted to know what some of you folks think?