As per the most recent available data, 7.5 million people seek medical care for shoulder injury in the United States every year. Any sort of physical activity, including sports, heavy lifting, etc. can put you at the risk of a shoulder injury. Some common types of shoulder injuries are sprains and strains, rotator cuff tear, dislocation, frozen shoulder, joint tears, and tendinitis.
The treatment can vary from oral medication to physiotherapy to surgery depending on the degree of the injury. Similarly, in some cases, one may need cortisone shots to reduce inflammation and pain in the shoulder. Cortisone is especially meant for inflammation and pain in joints including knee, shoulder, elbow, etc.
Since cortisone is a steroid, there is a risk attached to it. As per evidence available, an increase in steroid injections to treat pain may result in severe complications such as paralysis and even death. These complications, if a result of doctor’s negligence, can be considered medical malpractice and the patient is owed compensation. In such a case, it is best to work with a medical malpractice lawyer.
While doctors have been administering cortisone, there is evidence to suggest that it may have adverse side effects. Some of the known side effects of cortisone include nerve damage, infection, cartilage damage, tendon weakening or rupture. These could occur due to recurring use or very large doses of cortisone. In cases where a health care worker negligently administers repeated or high-dose cortisone injections can put the health of the patient at risk.
Hence, it is imperative that the doctors administer extreme care while prescribing as well as giving cortisone injections to their patients. If they fail to follow due diligence, they can be held liable for medical malpractice.
If a patient suffers severe complications due to cortisone injection, and these complications can be tied back to negligence by the physician, they’re owed compensation for their suffering. This suffering can include long-drawn medical treatment such as multiple surgeries to rectify the damage as well as other issues such as loss of quality of life, loss of wages/income, pain and suffering, etc. To prove negligence and medical malpractice, which can be a complex and long process, it is best to work with a medical malpractice lawyer to get the compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you know has suffered severe complications due to cortisone injections and resultant medical malpractice, you need the top injury lawyer, contact Siler & Ingber today. Call us at 1-877-529-4343 or complete our online form on this page to schedule a case evaluation with one of our experienced medical malpractice lawyers. Our consultation is free and we do not charge a fee unless we win your case.