Spinal Abscess Injury Claim *
Spinal Abscess injury claims * arise follow a case of medical negligence * in which a medical practitioner causes the abscess because of the substandard of care during surgery, misdiagnoses the condition or prescribes incorrect medication causing further harm to the patient.
A spinal abscess is defined as an infection to the tissues that surround the spinal cord. The injury can be caused by bacteria entering the spine which is likely to occur after a back injury. The use of antibiotics in the majority of procedures have minimised the risk of a spinal abscess occurring. Medical workers have a responsibility to provide the highest level of care possible. If this expectation is not met they may be held liable.
For the sake of a persons’ state of health it is important that a spinal abscess is recognised and diagnosed in its early stages. This allows the person to make a full recovery from the injury. Doctors have the responsibility to identify potential symptoms and make an accurate diagnosis. They may also carry out various scans such as an MRI or X-ray in an attempt to diagnose the injury. If the illness is not identified the infection may spread and inflict further pain on the individual. Delayed diagnosis in severe cases means the person may be in risk of paralysis. Some of the most common symptoms to be made aware of include:
- Severe pain in the back which spreads to the arms and legs
- Rapid progressive paralysis
- Urinary or bowel incontinence
A Spinal abscess can occur when bacteria finds its way into the spinal cord. It can also be created through tuberculosis, septicaemia and boils on the skin. All medical professionals have a duty of care to provide a professional service in a safe environment. In situations where a patient sustains an injury through no fault of their own the medical team may be held liable. Some of the reasons for negligence on behalf of the medical team include:
- A delayed diagnosis
- Failure to recognise that the injury as an emergency case
- Error in the delivery of post-operative care
- Surgical error during the procedure
Making a Claim
When an individual suffers a spinal abscess injury * there are certain things you can do after the incident that will help your solicitors establish a medical negligence case for you:
- Record the date and time of the injury and the details the type of treatment or procedure you received
- Retain any medical records relating to the accident
- Take photographic evidence of any visible injuries sustained.
Once these steps have been followed there is a procedure you can follow which will determine the nature of the claim. These steps include:
Speak to a Medical Negligence Solicitor *
It is advisable that you speak with a medical negligence solicitor * as soon as possible after the incident. Medical Negligence is considered a very complex topic in Irish Law. Attempting to proceed alone without the help of a solicitor may result in you missing some important steps. Your solicitor can then guide you through the next steps to ensure that the claims procedure runs as smoothly as possible for you.
Generally, after discussing your situation in detail with you, your solicitor will request access to your medical records. Once obtained, your solicitor will then inform any medical practitioners involved in the situation outlining the claim.
Independent Medical Expert Assessment
The medical records are sent away to an independent expert in the field of interest. This helps determine whether a level of substandard care or negligence was delivered. Furthermore, it will illustrate whether or not the injuries could have been avoided if the appropriate procedure was adhered to.
Letter of Claim
Following the complaint being lodged, your solicitor will then draft a letter of claim and send it to the relevant parties involved in the claim. A letter of claim outlines the nature of the medical negligence. It provides the medical practitioner involved to settle the claim.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
With over 30 years’ legal experience as specialist negligence solicitors *, Tracey Solicitors ensure not to overwhelm you with legal jargon. We can provide you with legal advice and guidance with your best interest at heart. This will be carried out in a language that you can understand. For a confidential discussion call our expert medical negligence team on 01 649 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about your case.