Childbirth is a scary, painful, and usually magical moment for a woman. For many, pain management is an important part of the birthing process. Epidurals are a common form of pain management that doctors use during child labor. While epidural use is common, epidural injury is not so common.
Causes Of Epidural Injury
Epidural injuries are rare, but they do happen. An incorrectly administered or improperly managed epidural may result in specific injuries. Causes of an epidural injury can include:
- human error (your doctor or medical team)
- too much medication
- injection at the wrong site
- failure to properly monitor the patient for signs of distress
If an injury is caused by a lapse in care from your doctor or medical team, you may have grounds for an epidural injury lawsuit.
Types Of Epidural Injury
There are different types of epidural injuries caused by possible malpractice. Epidural injuries can include:
- nerve damage
- constant back pain
- spinal cord injury
- drop of blood pressure
If a medical mistake causes a serious long-term injury, it can be difficult to prove. A medical malpractice attorney can help you understand how a malpractice claim works. Learn more about medical mistake claims.
Woman Partially Paralyzed By Epidural
A New Jersey woman was left partially paralyzed after an epidural injury went untreated. Her anesthesiologist noticed heavy bleeding at the epidural site but ruled out a possible hematoma. However, the anesthesiologist did not notify the medical team of the heavy bleeding before the end of their shift. The heavy bleeding continued overnight and the next day with no treatment.
The patient’s lawsuit was able to prove her injury was caused by multiple failures of her medical team. Her lawyers were able to recover a settlement of $13.5 million in this case.
When To Contact An Epidural Injury Attorney
If you have an epidural injury, or questions about an epidural injury, talk to an experienced attorney. Medical malpractice cases can be difficult and expensive to prove. An attorney can help you understand how the law applies to your situation. They will answer any questions you might have in a free consultation. If you have a possible case, an attorney will be qualified to help you navigate the claims process for the best possible outcome.
Kane & Silverman Epidural Injury Attorneys
The attorneys at Kane & Silverman are available to help you with any questions you have. Contact us for a free epidural injury case evaluation.