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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.