Epidural Injury Attorney
Epidurals are a common form of pain management. According to Johns Hopkins research, 60-70% of women in labor get epidurals each year. What are the risks? When something goes wrong, will an epidural injury attorney be able to help you?
In this article, we discuss epidural injuries and how to get help from an attorney.
What Is An Epidural?
An epidural is an injection into the epidural space around the spinal cord to block the feeling of pain in certain areas of the body. This kind of pain blocker is commonly used in childbirth to reduce the amount of pain felt during labor.
Like any medical procedure, an epidural comes with a certain amount of risk. Injuries from an epidural are uncommon, but they can and do happen. If you have an epidural injury, you may be questioning if the injury is a result of a mistake or medical malpractice.
Epidural Injury Lawsuits
You might have a valid claim for epidural injury if your medical records or other documentation points to some form of medical negligence as the cause of your injury. Situations can include but are not limited to:
- the epidural was contraindicated
- your injuries are a result of a medication error
- your injuries are a result of an administration error
- your medical team failed to properly monitor you and/or your baby after epidural placement
- delayed diagnosis of problems related to the epidural
Woman Partially Paralyzed By Epidural
A New Jersey woman is paralyzed from the waist down after complications with an epidural went undiagnosed. Her lawsuit found the anesthesiologist who administered the epidural saw heavy bleeding but ruled out a possible epidural hematoma. The anesthesiologist also failed to make the care team aware of the heavy bleeding before leaving at the end of his shift. Additionally, her care team did not follow up on her concerns about weakness and other problems.
The delayed diagnosis directly caused this patient to become paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of her life. Not only does she have to negotiate the new challenges of motherhood, she also has to learn to navigate life without being able to walk. But for the negligence of the anesthesiologist and her medical care team, this patient would still be able to walk today.
The hospital and doctors negotiated a settlement with the patient and her attorney. In total, this patient agreed to a $13.5 million settlement. This may sound like a lot of money, but she will need specialized care, specific housing needs, equipment, and more to navigate the rest of her life. This money will help her live a more normal life, but she will never heal.
Epidural Injury Attorney
Do you have an epidural injury? It can be difficult to prove an epidural or the care you received afterward are responsible for your injury. An experienced attorney may be able to help. Talk to a medical malpractice attorney at Haggerty Silverman & Justice. We provide free medical malpractice consultations and case evaluations. You can ask us any questions you have and we will explain how the law works in your situation. Contact us today!