nerve injury

Our medical malpractice law firm represents clients in Washington D.C. , Baltimore, and across Maryland

Every surgery involves a significant level of risk. Numerous problems may occur during or after the procedure, especially if the surgeons and anesthesiologists were negligent in performing their duties. One common consequence of surgical error is nerve injury, which can prove to be extremely painful and debilitating for the patient. When nerve injury happens, contact the law firm of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. for reliable representation of your malpractice claim. From their offices in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland, the firm has been handling medical malpractice cases for more than 30 years.

How does nerve injury occur?

There are generally two ways that nerve damage may result from surgery. The first stems from the administration of anesthesia, which can be done locally, regionally, or generally.

  • Local anesthesia is given through a syringe. If the doctor allows the injection to come in contact with a nerve, significant damage may result.
  • Regional anesthesia is given through the spinal canal. Epidurals or spinals, which are often given to pregnant women during labor, are administered as a regional anesthesia. If the anesthesiologist misplaces the injection, an entire cluster of nerves within the spine can become damaged, leading to possible paralysis.
  • General anesthesia is administered by putting the entire body in a state of rest where pain is not felt. If the physician places the patient’s body in a damaging position, or leaves the patient in the same position for too long, nerves may become damaged. Since the patient is unable to communicate while under general anesthesia, it is often the responsibility of the anesthesiologist to observe the procedure and prevent nerve-damaging placement of the body.

The other way that nerve damage can result from surgery is through negligent action by the operating physician. In virtually every surgery, the procedure is performed in close proximity to nerves. It is the physician’s duty to work with precision and ensure that surgical instruments do not touch or cut any nerves.

Representing patients in Washington D.C. and Maryland living with painful nerve injuries

The results of nerve damage can vary, but many patients are left with a lifetime of pain and a decreased quality of life. Some symptoms of nerve injury include:

  • Partial or complete paralysis of a limb or the body
  • Inability to sense pain, which can minimize the ability to notice a medical emergency
  • Lightheadedness
  • Bodily dysfunctions, such as the inability to control the bladder or bowel
  • Numbness
  • Burning or tingling of the extremities

Experienced attorneys seek compensation for nerve injuries that occurred in Maryland or Washington D.C.

If your medical procedure resulted in nerve injury, enlist the support of a firm with more than 30 years of medical malpractice representation to help you seek the compensation your case deserves. With offices in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, the attorneys of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. have earned numerous awards and accolades for their legal service. Put this award-winning experience to work for you by contacting the office at 410-234-1000 today.