Yes, a patient can sue a surgeon for failing to diagnose a spinal epidural abscess. A spinal epidural abscess is a disorder caused by infection in the area between the bones or discs of the spine. Symptoms can include fever, back pain, bowel or bladder incontinence, and pain at the surgery site. A patient may also have drainage coming from the surgical wound site that provides evidence of an infection.
Physicians are trained to suspect a spinal epidural abscess when the patient presents to them with the signs and symptoms of the condition. If a doctor or hospital fails to diagnose a spinal epidural abscess, and the patient suffers significant injury or harm due to that failure to diagnose, it can give rise to the filing of a medical malpractice lawsuit, and the patient may have the right to sue the surgeon. Call or office now at (800) 606-1717 if you or a family member suffers injuries due to the failure to diagnose spinal epidural abscess.