Nerve damage can cause excruciating pain, sometimes even disabling the individual afflicted with the injury. Suffering from this type of pain can only be made worse when it could have been prevented entirely. Unfortunately, many people are left to deal with nerve damage after undergoing surgical procedures, and sometimes, it’s because of medical negligence on the part of one of the medical professionals charged with providing care.
Nerve damage that is a result of medical mistakes or negligence may entitle you to compensation if the doctor or hospital is found liable for the injury.
Three general types of nerve damage may occur to the body -- neurapraxia, axonotmesis, and neurotmesis. Before getting into the details of those types, it's crucial to understand how nerves function in the body.
Nerves are essentially like electrical wires. They have a core, called the axon, that conducts senses and stimuli between the brain and the body. The axon is surrounded by the epineurium, the perineurium, and other protective tissue layers.
The three types of nerve damage are:
Medical negligence can cause many different types of injuries, including nerve damage. One of the most common situations that result in nerve damage is negligently performed surgery. Individuals who suffer from nerve damage may experience some of the following symptoms:
When nerves are severed completely, it can result in a permanent loss of sensation and function. Nerves that are damaged but not severed, often result in chronic pain, ranging from mild to severe and typically getting worse progressively.
Some of the most common medical errors that cause nerve damage include:
Anesthesia mistakes can also cause nerve damage. When nerve blocks that are used to manage pain or local anesthesia are administered incorrectly, severe, sometimes permanent nerve damage may occur. This type of error often happens during childbirth, and the results can cause life-changing disabilities.
The nerve damage that results from surgical mistakes can be temporary or permanent. During surgery, there are several ways in which nerves may become damaged:
Additionally, some patients may be more prone to nerve damage than others. For example, patients who have diabetes or cancer, or those who smoke, drink alcohol heavily, or are obese are more likely to experience nerve damage.
Nerve damage caused by medical mistakes is more common than people think, and in many cases, it was preventable. Medical malpractice cases are complex, and it can be challenging to prove that a medical professional violated the accepted standard of care.
If you or your loved one suffers from nerve damage that resulted from the error or negligence of a doctor, nurse, or another medical professional, you need a medical malpractice attorney to review your case. Obtaining a top-rated medical malpractice lawyer is the best way to ensure that your rights as a patient are protected and that the person who caused your injury is held accountable.
The attorneys at Ross Feller Casey have decades of experience fighting for their clients who are victims of medical malpractice. At our law firm, we have medical doctors on staff to review medical records and determine how the mistake or negligence happened. Contact our office today for your free case evaluation. And remember, all of our medical malpractice cases are handled on a contingency basis, which means there is no charge to you until we win your case.
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