I suffered nerve damage during surgery. Can I sue my doctor?

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Yes, you may be able to sue your doctor if you suffered nerve damage after your surgery. In many cases, if damage to nerves or the nervous system occurs during surgery, that damage is permanent. Surgeons must be cautious during medical procedures so that they do not nick or sever the nerves running through the surgical site.

Nerves play a critical role in the body. They both allow the brain to control other areas of the body, but also are the means through which the brain is aware of what is happening inside and outside the body. The nerves carry signals back to the brain to communicate pain, textures, temperatures, locations, and balance.

During most surgical procedures, surgeons make every effort to avoid major nerves while operating on patients. However, it is possible for surgeons to make cuts in the wrong places. An incision may be in the wrong location. Nerves can be damaged when a nerve is pinched during surgery. A defective surgical device may be to blame. The anesthesiologist may have committed an error while administering anesthesia.

Nerves are so critical, and when they are damaged a patient’s life can be greatly impacted. A patient may lose feeling in some areas of the body. The patient could feel hypersensitive to some touches, tingles, and pain. The patient could lose feeling in the affected limbs or digits. The patient may begin experiencing a loss of balance and coordination, or digestive problems.

If you have suffered nerve damage during an operation in Houston, you should talk with an attorney. Nerve damage does not necessarily mean that medical malpractice occurred, but it may have. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707.

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