Nerve damage as a result of negligently performed surgery is a common type of medical negligence lawsuit. Patients who experience nerve damage can suffer from a wide range of symptoms including:
- Permanent or temporary loss of sensation or feeling
- Loss of motor function
- Scarring and deformity
The incorrect administration of anesthesia and negligent use of surgical tools are among the most common causes of nerve damage. Other causes include improper use of surgical tourniquets, improper patient positioning that results in too much pressure on a nerve for a prolonged period of time, and improper application of devices, bandages, or surgical retractors. Nerve injuries are often permanent. A further cause of nerve damage is a failure to diagnose certain degenerative conditions.
Anesthesia Nerve Damage
Incorrectly administered nerve blocks used to manage pain or local anesthesia can cause serious nerve damage. They can prevent blood flow to specific nerves or the central nervous system and brain. These errors frequently occur during childbirth and can cause permanent, life-changing disabilities.
Surgery Resulting in Severed or Lacerated Nerve
Surgical errors resulting in the cutting, severing or the burning of a nerve can also result in catastrophic and irreversible injuries. As in any medical malpractice case, establishing liability in nerve injury cases can be complex and rest upon the injured party being able to prove that the physician concerned performed negligently and in manner that deviated from the minimum acceptable standard.
If you or someone you love has suffered as a result of nerve damage by medical negligence, please contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation. We’ll review your medication error claim and help you determine how to best proceed.
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