Paralysis Due to Anesthesia
Paralysis can be caused by damage to the brain or nervous system. Anesthesia in all forms can be a cause of paralysis when used incorrectly. From small areas of numbness to muscle paralysis caused by anesthesia errors, mistakes during administration can be devastating. If you have experienced paralysis from anesthesia, you may be eligible to pursue compensation in a medical malpractice claim.
The most serious type of paralysis that can be caused by anesthesia is due to damage to the brain. If hypoxia or toxicity occurs under general anesthesia, cells in the brain can be damaged. If the affected areas of the brain control muscle movement, permanent paralysis could occur. While this is a possible outcome of general anesthesia errors, the most common type of paralysis is related to local anesthesia.
Nerve Damage from Local or Regional Anesthesia
Local and regional anesthesia are used in many different types of procedures. Local anesthesia is often administered with a needle to numb a small area. This is used for many dental treatments or to numb an area for stitches, cosmetic procedures or other medical repairs. When the needle is improperly inserted, it can damage local nerves causing permanent numbness or paralysis.
Regional anesthesia is a nerve block to a specific area. A spinal block during child delivery or a nerve block during orthopedic surgery is common. Due to the proximity to large nerves, any errors administering regional anesthesia can be risky. Damage to the spinal cord or other major nerves can result in paralysis or nerve damage in a limb or even paraplegia.
If you have nerve damage or paralysis caused by anesthesia errors, the medical professional or facility may be liable for your injury. You could receive reimbursement for medical care, therapy and income loss. This is as well as compensation for pain and suffering. Contact Race Law Firm for a free consultation to discuss your injury claim.