Last month, it was reported that an anesthesiologist is being sued in Illinois for harming one of her patients. The medical malpractice lawsuit accuses the doctor of administering an epidural steroid injection incorrectly during a patient’s surgery. The doctor’s mistake has allegedly caused the patient to suffer permanent injuries from anesthesia complications.
The lawsuit claims that the patient was harmed in May 2011 when he was given an epidural steroid injection. During the procedure, the patient was mistakenly stabbed in the spine with a needle by the anesthesiologist. It has been two years since the incident and the patient claims that he still suffers from numbness in his hand and other pain that was caused by the doctor’s error.
Although there are risks associated with steroid epidural injections, doctors are also capable of minimizing these risks when they use extreme caution and care while administering injections.
The patient claims that his anesthesiologist was negligent when administering the steroid epidural injection two years ago. The man has not recovered from his injuries and he has incurred medical expenses and other expenses as a result of the doctor’s mistake. The patient is requesting to recover at least $225,000 for his injuries so that he can pay for his medical expenses and recover lost wages.
Medical malpractice can harm anyone. Chicago nursing home patients may suffer from medication errors, pregnant women and their babies may be harmed by medical mistakes during labor and birth, surgery patients may suffer fatal infections from retained sponges, and accident victims may suffer additional injuries when hospitals fail to provide crash victims with the medical treatment and care they need to survive their injuries.
If you have been harmed in any way by a doctor’s negligence or other medical professional’s mistake while being treated for an illness or injury, you have every right to take legal action in order to obtain the compensation you need and deserve to recover from your injuries and to pay for your injury-related expenses.
Source: The Madison-St. Clair Record, “Belleville anesthesiologist acccused of malpractice,” Andrea Dearden, May 8, 2013