CIncinnati, Ohio Hospital Negligence Lawyer and Medical Malpractice Attorney investigates spinal epidural abscess injury cases and failure to diagnose lawsuits for plaintiffs nationwide
An intracranial epidural abscess is a serious infection forming in the space between the skull and brain lining, and a spinal epidural abscess is an infection in the lining membrane of the spinal cord, potentially leading to epidural abscess paralysis.
An epidural abscess creates areas of pus that build and cause swelling. The swelling and the infection can cause complications and affect physical movement, often causing long-term disability and paralysis. If medical staff fail to diagnose the condition quickly, spinal epidural abscess injury and paralysis is a possibility.
Causes of Spinal Epidural Abscess Injury & Infection
Usually, an epidural abscess is caused by a fungus or a Staphylococcus aureus bacterial infection, from undiagnosed UTIs, hospital infections, bacterial endocarditis, or other infections that spread throughout the body and lead to complications that may include:
- Wrongful Death
- Panspinal abscess
- Spinal cord dysfunction
Symptoms of a Spinal Epidural Abscess Injury
Doctors and medical professionals have a responsibility to properly and promptly diagnose a patient with dangerous hospital-borne infections, and a failure to diagnose may lead to severe injury and death.
A plaintiff and family have a right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit based on a failure to diagnose an infection that causes serious injury. The symptoms of a spinal epidural abscess injury will largely depend on the location of the abscess, though commonly include the following:
- Unusual sensation throughout the body
- Problems with coordination
- Trouble walking
- General weakness and fatigue
- Back Pain
- Inability to control the bowels or bladder
Spinal Epidural Abscess Diagnosis & Treatment
A hospital and team of physicians should order diagnostic tests that may include:
- Neurological exam
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
- Testing abscess fluid
- Blood work
Depending on the progression of an infection, and to ward off epidural abscess paralysis, doctors typically utilize antibiotics to fight the specific infection that caused the abscess. It is common to drain the abscess fluid to help relieve pressure from the spinal area.
Pending abscess culture results, antibiotics are usually administered to fight likely staphylococcus and possible gram-negative bacteria.
Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney
Plaintiffs in failure to diagnose cases should consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney to investigate hospital negligence and review medical records and to determine who may be culpable in an injury or death.
Plaintiffs in missed diagnosis lawsuits can expect to recover medical expenses, lost wages and income, rehabilitation expenses, and damages related to pain and suffering and long-term disability.
If you or a loved one has suffered from an epidural abscess injury due to a failure to diagnose an infection, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, a hospital negligence lawyer, and he will help plaintiffs answer critical questions regarding failure to diagnose lawsuits.