Spinal anesthesia, also epidural anesthesia is a recognized and widely practiced alternative to full or general anesthesia in surgical operations of the lower limbs or organs. These are given frequently to women during labor to block out excruciating birthing pain, knee replacement surgeries, prostate surgery, and other surgical operations of the legs and feet.
However, epidural anesthesia, like general anesthesia may be potentially dangerous because of certain hazards. This calls for all anesthesiologists to take special care to minimize or eliminate such potentially hazardous risks.
Risks in epidural anesthesia
It has often been seen that an error committed in the administration of spinal anesthesia has caused life-changing injuries or even death. These injuries include:
- Paraplegia, which is paralysis of the lower limbs and most common. Ideally an epidural is given through injection if the spinal cord's lowest part. The anesthetist's lack of adequate anatomical knowledge or skill can result in permanent and irreversible damage to the spinal cord, the patient may be paralyzed for life.
- Administration of a drug without prior testing for allergic reactions or contra-indications can lead to cardiac arrest and death. This often happens when the patient's medical history has not been properly asked for and recorded.
- Neural damage: The needle may puncture a sensitive and fragile spinal nerve, resulting in serious and permanent nerve damage.
- Leakage of spinal fluid and injury during the operation.
- Dropped foot where the patient is unable to move his feet or one particular foot due to foot paralysis.
It is also seen that due to faulty equipment, injury has resulted to the spine and/or spinal cord and for this the hospital or medical center where the patient was treated is liable to be held responsible.
When you are the victim
This needless to say, explains the potential risks of epidural anesthesia. If you are once such victim - paralyzed or injured otherwise for your anesthesiologist's negligence, your emotional and physical trauma may be devastating. It could permanently and irreversibly change your life for the worse and lead to permanent disability and full loss of income.
Unfortunate though the circumstances may be, you need the money to help you survive and live life to the fullest after the mishap. Chances are the hospital and/or the anesthetist will try to wriggle free of all accusations that you make when you claim compensation. That's when you need the services of a specialist medical malpractices lawyer to see that justice is done.
For decades together, the New York-based legal firm of Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff LLP or RMFW Law has held medical professionals accountable for their negligence and brought relief to its clients.
We have on our consultant panel, some outstanding and sensational medical professionals who will work in tandem with our attorneys specializing in spinal anesthesia error malpractice cases and see to it that you get justice. Contact our office at 212 697 9280 for a free and confidential evaluation of your case.
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