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Are you a victim of an epidural abscess? You have rights.

When you go in for a surgical procedure or turn to a doctor for medical care, it is likely with the assumption that you will be safe from unnecessary risks. Most Washington patients assume they will receive a certain standard of care from both their doctor and other medical professionals involved with their care, but that is not always the case. Some patients actually suffer additional physical harm because of lack of care or negligence.

One of the most common indications of medical malpractice or some type of negligent care is the development of an infection after a medical procedure. One increasingly common example of this are epidural abscesses. These often develop after a spine or back procedure, leaving the patient in pain and needing additional medical assistance.

Experiencing an epidural abscess

Any type of infection is a sign that something is wrong inside the body. In addition to pain, it can lead to other consequences, such as requiring large doses of antibiotics, needing additional surgeries and increasing the chance of other medical complications. Abscesses in the spine are more likely to occur in the following types of patients:

  • Those who recently had back surgery or an invasive procedure involving the spine
  • People who have bone infections
  • Individuals who have boils on the back
  • Patients who have infections in their bloodstreams

Patients who develop an abscess may be unsure that the symptoms they are developing relate to a recent procedure or a possible infection. Indications that there may be a problem include the following:

  • Fever and pain in the back area
  • Trouble with bowels and urinary tract
  • Lack of mobility in certain parts of the body
  • Weakness and lethargy

If you or a loved one experienced these things after a procedure, it may be because unsanitary conditions, medical errors or lack of post-operative care led to the development of an abscess. This could an indication of medical malpractice, which means you may have grounds for a civil claim.

How do you know if you have a case?

One of the simplest ways to understand more about your legal options after a potential medical malpractice incident is to seek help as soon as you learn of a problem. A complete evaluation of your case can allow you to understand if you have grounds to proceed with a medical malpractice claim, and if you do, how you should initiate that process.

You do not have to fight for your recovery on your own, but you can seek the support of an experienced personal injury attorney from the very beginning of the process.

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