Nerve Damage after Surgery: Is the surgeon liable?
Even when undergoing a routine or minor surgery, errors—and serious repercussions—are possible. One type of injury that a patient can suffer is nerve damage after surgery.
Depending upon the severity of the injury and the type of nerve that is harmed (automatic, motor, or sensory nerves), symptoms of nerve damage may include pain, tingling, muscle atrophy, paralysis, and more. If medical error is the culprit then the doctor or surgeon responsible may be held liable.
Causes of Nerve Damage During Surgery
There are two ways that nerve damage happens: a physical error made by a surgeon during surgery, or an anesthesia error made by an anesthesiologist.
If the error was a physical mistake, then the nerve damage likely occurred as a result of one of the surgeon’s surgical instruments coming in direct contact with a nerve. If the surgeon lightly touches the nerve, then injury may be temporary and heal on its own with time; if the nerve is sliced through, more permanent damage may be caused.
The other common cause of a nerve injury during surgery is during the administration of anesthesia. Nerve damage following surgery happens because anesthesia is administered physically and via syringe. If the anesthesiologist hits a nerve or nerve group—especially within the spinal column—serious nerve damage can occur.
Who’s liable for nerve damage after surgery?
The first step in understanding liability and recovering medical malpractice damages in Georgia is determining how the nerve damage occurred – was it the result of a physical surgical error, or an anesthesia error?
Then, it must be proven whether or not that mistake took place while a result of negligence, or the healthcare provider (anesthesiologist or surgeon) failing to exercise a high standard of care. If the damage was in fact caused by negligence, then the negligent party may be held liable in a medical malpractice claim.
What a Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Do for You
Nerve damage can be debilitating. If you’re the victim of nerve damage that was caused by a doctor’s error, you need the assistance of the Atlanta medical malpractice attorney at the Law Office of Jason R. Shultz, P.C. He’ll help you gather evidence, determine the cause of your nerve damage and prove negligence. Schultz will also negotiate for you to ensure that you get your full settlement amount. To schedule an appointment today, contact the Atlanta office at 404-474-0804.