Epidural Injection Lawsuit – Medical Malpractice Attorney
Every year hundreds of thousands of epidural steroid injections (ESI’s) are performed on individuals who experience severe pain in the neck, back, lumbar region and legs. The vast majority of these injections result in a decrease in pain for the patients. Unfortunately however some doctors that perform such procedures negligently fail to abide by their standard of care resulting a worsening of the pain experienced patient or worse yet nerve damage resulting in a lifetime of pain suffering and discomfort. Patients who have suffered serious medical harm caused by the wrongful or negligent application of an epidural injection may have the right to seek compensation for their injuries via the filing of a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Common Injuries Resulting From Trigger Point Injections or Epidural Injections
A brief list of the most common injuries resulting from the wrongful administration of epidural, steroid or trigger point injection is provide here.
- General damage to the nerves
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- Epidural Abscess
- Increased level of pain around the injection area
- Partial paralysis
- Nerve Damage
- Complete paralysis of the legs or arms
- Severe infections
- Decrease in bone density
- Respiratory arrest
- Infarction of the spinal cord
- Post dural puncture headache (spinal headache)
What is Medical Malpractice – Proving Medical Negligence in the Court of Law
Medical malpractice take place when an injury is caused by the failure of a medical practitioner to follow a prescribed path of treatment for the ailment displayed by the patient. For example, during an epidural injection the standard of care for a practicing medical doctor (pain management doctor, anesthesiologist) is to penetrated no more than 1.75 inches into the tissue, the doctor performing the procedure deviated from the standard of care and penetrated more than 2.00 inches resulting in the needle striking and damaging a nerve. There are several steps which need to be proven in order to prove a case for medical negligence (medical malpractice).
1. Was there a duty owed to the injured party to care for that individual in a prudent manner.
2. Was there a breach of the standard of care established by the medical community.
3. Was the breach of the duty the foreseeable and approximate cause of the harm which took place.
4. Was there actual damages or injuries suffered – a physical manifestation of harm
Recovery to Your Injuries – Compensation Available for Medical Mistake Victims
One of the most often asked and important questions asked by our clients revolves around the amount of compensation an individual can receive resulting from a settlement and or verdicts of their case. Each case is different, comprising of a unique set of factors which can play a significant role in formulating an estimate as to the value of a case; these include;
1. The severity and extent of the injuries suffered from the act of medical malpractice.
2. Medical and rehabilitation expenses required to treat the injuries suffered.
3. Economic damage sustained – this includes loss of work and loss of future income capacity.
4. Non-Economic Damages – this included emotional trauma, pain and suffering, and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress) due to the harm suffered.
5. Punitive Damages – designed to punish a defendant who has acted with intent to cause harm or willful disregard for the life and health of a patient.
Attorney Consultation Available: If you or a loved one have suffered from severe medical complications due an epidural injection and have questions regarding your legal rights feel free to contact our law offices. FREE CONSULTATION: All legal confidential legal consultations are provided free of charge.