Medical malpractice can result in many different types of injuries, including nerve damage. If you or someone close to you suffered nerve damage due to a doctor’s mistake, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our skilled Rochester medical malpractice attorneys can scrutinize the facts of your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your claim.
A nerve is one or more bundles of fiber forming part of a system that conveys impulses of sensation, motion, pain, pressure, temperature, and more. Put simply, nerves transit messages between the brain and the rest of the body. Nerve damage can include a wide range of injuries from minor to severe. Nerves that have been severely injured can suffer a permanent loss of function or sensation. If a nerve is damaged but not severed, the result can be chronic pain. Unfortunately, this pain typically gets worse over time. Nerve damage can be a result of a variety of medical mistakes, including but not limited to:
- A surgical mistake causing damaged or severed nerves;
- A birth injury;
- An instrument running against a nerve, causing inflammation;
- An injury during bone marrow collection;
- Anesthesia overdose (i.e., too much anesthesia);
- Oxygen deprivation (i.e., the circulation of blood is restricted or cut off, causing nerve damage).
Nerve damage injuries often require long-term medical care. In the most severe cases, a patient may even require around-the-clock care. The value of your nerve damage case will depend on a number of factors, including the type of nerve damage, the extent of the nerve damage, and how the damage affects your life. In general, New York law allows victims of malpractice to recover a variety of damages, such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, costs of future care, and any other losses arising from the malpractice. While we aim to settle every case, we are not afraid to vigorously advocate for you at trial, if necessary.
In order to recover any damages, however, medical malpractice must be shown. In order to prove medical malpractice involving nerve damage, a patient would need to prove that: i) a doctor-patient relationship was present; ii) the doctor’s conduct deviated from the accepted standard of care; and iii) the doctor’s deviation caused nerve damage to the patient. The standard of care is a term used to refer to the level of competence demonstrated by a reasonably skilled doctor treating the condition under the same or similar circumstances.
Depending on the extent of the damage, the effects of nerve damage can be short-term, or they can be life-long. If you or your loved one has suffered nerve damage due to a medical professional’s negligence, we can help. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our experienced Rochester medical malpractice attorneys can help you fight for the compensation you need to deal with your nerve damage. To speak to a member of our team, call us at 315-479-9000, or you can reach us online.
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