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Medical malpractice: What you need to know about nerve damage

On Behalf of | May 31, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

Medical negligence during an operation can lead to nerve damage. As a result, the affected patient may experience loss of motor control, paralysis and pain among other conditions.

Nerve damage can occur at any point of the operation, with the common causes being the incorrect administration of anesthesia and improper use of surgical tools. For instance, the surgeon may clamp or badly stretch a nerve when conducting the operation. Similarly, prolonged pressure on a nerve can affect the blood supply to a nerve leading to irreversible damage.

Symptoms of nerve damage

Nerves work in different ways, and the symptoms you experience may differ from another person’s. It also depends on the extent of the damage. However, some of the most common signs to look out for include:

  • A burning sensation in the peripheral affected by the damaged nerve
  • Numbness
  • Tingling sensation, commonly known as pins and needles
  • Shooting pain that may come and go, among others

The sooner you seek medical attention following a nerve injury, the better. While some of the damage can be medically managed, nerves are very sensitive. Therefore, if you wait too long before taking action, the effects could be permanent.

Holding the negligent party accountable

A surgeon should be careful when conducting an operation due to the high stakes involved. They ought to know the nerves’ location, and any slip-ups can be considered negligence. 

For you, as the patient, getting compensation for your injuries should be your priority. Nerve damage can alter your life in several ways, and the effects may go beyond the physical pain and suffering. Psychologically, you may also be affected.

To protect your rights and get the settlement you deserve, find out more about your legal options. While nobody wants to file a lawsuit, it may be the only viable way for you to recover your losses. Experienced legal guidance can help.