Our Michigan malpractice attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. handle medical error lawsuits against hospitals and doctors in cases involving a spinal epidural abscess. These errors often result in significant permanent injuries to the patient. If the delay in diagnosis is too lengthy, the patient can suffer paralysis, cauda equine syndrome, or both. The results can be devastating to the patient and the family.
A spinal epidural abscess is a disorder caused by infection in the area between the bones or discs of the spine. The infection is usually caused by bacteria but can be caused by fungus. It may be seen in patients with a history of back surgery or other invasive procedure of the spine, bloodstream infections, and bone infections 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.
Failure to Diagnose Spinal Epidural Abscess
Physicians are trained to suspect a spinal epidural abscess when the patient presents to them with the signs and symptoms of the condition. Timely diagnosis is important to prevent permanent damage. Tests used to diagnose the condition include a blood culture, complete blood count, and a CT Scan or MRI of the spine.
If diagnosed in a timely manner, significant damage and injury can be avoided with proper treatment. This treatment includes the use of antibiotics (often intravenous) and surgery is usually needed to drain or remove the abscess. The goal is to eliminate or reduce the pressure that the abscess is putting on the spinal cord to prevent further loss of function.
When a doctor or hospital fails to diagnose or there is a medical misdiagnosis of a spinal epidural abscess, it can give rise to the filing of a medical malpractice lawsuit. Our experienced medical malpractice legal team reviews the entire patient medical records and discusses the signs and symptoms with a board-certified physician to determine whether the condition was properly diagnosed and whether appropriate treatment was started in a timely manner.
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The statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases varies from state to state. In Michigan, you must file a lawsuit within two years of the date of the malpractice. If you miss a deadline, your claim will be lost forever. To avoid these severe consequences, you should contact the Michigan malpractice lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. immediately.
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