Epidural steroid injections (ESI’s) are a relatively common procedure most commonly administered to hospital patients who are experiencing severe pain in their legs, lumbar region, back or neck. The purpose of the epidural injection is to temporarily relieve pain; in most cases the injection is handled with care and pain is relieved. Minor side effects include headaches, facial flushing, anxiety and sleeplessness that typically resolve within 24 hours.
In rare cases an epidural is administered in a negligent manner. For example, if a doctor fails to consider the patient’s history of a bleeding disorder and the patient bleeds dangerously after the injection the patient may have a case for epidural malpractice. An epidural malpractice lawyer may be able to fight for justice on the patient’s behalf through an epidural lawsuit.
Serious but rare epidural injuries include:
A medical malpractice lawyer must prove the following points in an epidural injection lawsuit:
In an epidural injection injury case, the patient must have been under the care of the medical professional who administered the injection and the care provider must have deviated from the accepted standard of care for epidurals. For example, the accepted standard of epidural needle penetration is 1.75 inches into the tissue; if the medical professional penetrated the tissue past 2 inches and caused permanent nerve damage or other serious injuries, the victim may have a case for medical malpractice.
Epidural lawsuit damages
Each medical malpractice case is different and therefore the range of compensation varies widely. Factors that will affect settlement include:
The Seattle personal injury attorneys at Morrow Kidman Tinker Macey-Cushman, PLLC have years of experience representing families harmed by medical malpractice. We seek justice for patients who have been harmed by preventable medical errors including birth injuries, hospital-acquired infections and wrongful death in Seattle and across Washington State. There are no fees or expenses to file a personal injury case as we only receive payment if we recover damages on your behalf. Do not delay; personal injury claims come with a Statute of Limitations, which means they must be filed within a certain time frame of the injury.
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