One of the most popular forms of regional anesthesia is epidural anesthesia. The patient receiving this type of anesthesia will have a needle and catheter inserted into the back and spine region. This will allow for the delivery of anesthetics.
Most people associate epidural anesthesia with child birth. In fact, many women today choose to use epidurals for child birthing because it blocks nerve impulses and therefore blocks birthing mothers from feeling the grueling pain of child delivery. Readers should also know that epidural anesthesia is used in many types of procedures. For example, epidurals can be used during neck and back procedures.
Experienced Hudson Valley region attorneys practicing medical malpractice litigation in New York know that epidural anesthesia is truly a wonderful part of modern medicine. However, they also know that complications are associated with its use. More specifically, experienced medical malpractice attorneys know that epidural patients are frequently caused to suffer preventable harm at the hands of a negligent medical professional.
Since epidural anesthesia use involves administering the medicine at the spine, only trained and experienced medical professionals should perform the procedure. The slightest mistake can cause temporary or permanent injury such as paralysis. Moreover, the patient can end up feeling the pain of the surgical procedure that the anesthesia was intended to prevent.
An infection can develop at the site of the epidural catheter. Enduring numbness can be experienced. As mentioned above, temporary or permanent paralysis can occur. Pain can persist in the back and the lumbar region of the back can be injured. All of this has been done before when epidural anesthesia has been administered negligently.
Experienced medical malpractice attorneys know how to spot the signs of epidural malpractice. If a patient believes that epidural anesthesia has been administered negligently, a trained medical malpractice attorney can determine the exact moment that negligence occurred by scouring the patient’s medical records.
The attorney will not do this blindly; rather, a detailed analysis is completed with the knowledge of experience. Moreover, experts in the field of medicine, anesthesia, and epidural use will be consulted throughout the course of epidural malpractice litigation. These experts will take the stand and testify as to when the negligence occurred and as to how the negligence occurred. These experts will also inform the jury as to the proper standards for epidural administration and how the offending medical professional deviated from those standards.
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