Knowledgeable Medical Malpractice Attorneys For Victims of Epidural Abscess
An epidural abscess is a rare, but often deadly condition that requires immediate medical attention. Yet, many patients are forced to go without the treatment they need due to a physician’s failure to properly diagnose the illness. Left untreated, an epidural abscess can lead to irreparable neurological injury or even death. If you or a family member were injured by a doctor’s inaccurate diagnosis, contact the knowledgeable Baltimore, Maryland and Washington DC medical malpractice lawyers of Schochor and Staton, P.A. for assistance with your malpractice claim. Our attorneys have helped numerous clients secure compensation for their injuries. We can do the same for you.
What is an Epidural Abscess
An epidural abscess forms when pus collects beneath the dura, which is an outer layer covering the spinal cord and brain. According to Medscape, the inflammation pushes on the spinal cord or brain, causing pressure and neurological complications. There are two types of epidural abscesses:
- Spinal Epidural Abscess. With this condition, the abscess places pressure on the patient’s spinal cord. Left untreated it can cause permanent paralysis or death.
- Intracranial Epidural Abscess. In this case, pressure is localized beneath the skull. It can also lead to the patient’s death if left untreated.
The numerous potential causes of an epidural abscess include infection, intravenous drug use and diabetes mellitus. But this life-threatening condition can also result from spinal trauma, due to a surgical error or from improper administration of epidural anesthesia. When a medical mistake causes an epidural abscess, the skilled Washington D.C. and Maryland medical malpractice attorneys of Schochor and Staton, P.A. fight to hold all negligent medical professionals accountable.