Injection injuries are rare types of injuries that involve a small puncture wound and often damage to surrounding areas. Generally, this wound is underestimated both by a patient and by a doctor. Some people are shocked and dismayed to find that an inappropriately injected substance or an injection in the wrong location of the body can result in significant tissue damage, an amputation, or nerve damage. If you suffer injection injuries due to medical malpractice, you should consult the Syracuse injection injury lawyers at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano.Injection Injuries (Needles and IVs)
In one study, eight patients with injection injuries from solvents or lubricants were treated for five years. In all of the patients, the initial mild symptoms worsened, such that severe compartment syndrome of the hand resulted. In three of the patients, a heterodigital flap was necessary, while in another patient, there was the need for an amputation. The study concluded that prompt diagnosis and immediate surgical intervention must occur to preserve any digit or limb that has sustained an injection injury. Patients are supposed to be told about how serious the injury is and its potential complications, as well as how many surgical procedures may be needed to get a satisfactory result.
If you suffer injection injuries as a result of professional negligence, you may have a basis to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Medical malpractice occurs if a health care provider does not meet the accepted standards and practices of the medical community and thereby causes or contributes to an injury. To be sued, a health care provider may be a physician, a nurse, a clinic, a hospital, or another facility. An injection injury attorney in Syracuse or the surrounding areas can advise victims on the parties who may be liable. Often, injection injuries result from the carelessness of nurses because they often administer injections to patients.
In order to recover damages for an injection injury, you will need to prove that you were being treated by the nurse or other health care provider, you suffered an injection injury, the injury was actually and proximately caused by the health care provider diverging from the professional standard of care, and it caused actual injuries or the worsening of a medical condition. For example, if the nurse injects you in the wrong location, and as a result you suffer nerve damage, you would need to show that the nerve damage was actually and legally caused by the nurse's actions, rather than by natural processes.
Nurses who depart from the accepted standards of nursing care and cause harm by injecting in the wrong site, injecting the wrong substance, or otherwise making injection errors may be held liable for medical malpractice with the assistance of a Syracuse injection injury attorney. In most cases, it will be necessary to retain an expert nurse on the question of whether the nurse's veering away from the professional standard of care was a substantial factor in the subsequent injuries.
If you can establish liability, you may be able to recover economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages may include medical expenses, rehabilitation, therapy, replacement services (such as household services), out-of-pocket costs, and the costs of any necessary surgeries. Noneconomic damages are intangible losses. Most of the time, they are not documented and are based on what a jury believes would naturally flow from the kinds of injuries sustained. They can include pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment. Often, the individual characteristics of the plaintiff will determine the amount of pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment experienced as a result of the injection injury. For example, if a patient's right hand develops nerve damage as a result of an injection injury, and he is a right-handed tennis player, there may be more pain and suffering associated with this situation than if he were left-handed.Explore Your Options with an Injection Injury Lawyer in Syracuse
If you suffered injection injuries as a result of medical malpractice, our law firm may be able to help you recover damages from the parties responsible for your injuries. DeFrancisco & Falgiatano represents victims of medical malpractice by nurses, surgeons, hospitals, clinics, and other health care providers in Syracuse, Rochester, Lyons, Ithaca, Cooperstown, Oswego, Canandaigua, Utica, Wampsville, Oneida, Lowville, Watertown, Herkimer, Delhi, Cortland, Norwich, Elmira, Auburn, and Binghamton. Call us at 315-479-9000 or contact us via our online form.