Spinal Injuries Due to Unnecessary Steroid Injections Rising
Each day in the United States, thousands of people undergo injections in their necks or lower backs with steroids. These injections are meant to be given just above the "dura" of the spinal cord. The dura is a tough covering over the spinal cord and within it is the spinal cord itself--which is very fragile and critical to proper functioning of every human being.
Although this procedure is extremely common and is often required by insurance companies before people with back pain can get surgery to fix their back issues, it is NOT approved by the Federal Drug Administration. There is also growing recognition that epidural steroid injections don't do much good--and can result in terrible injuries and even death if they are done wrong. For example, see this recent medical article by neurosurgeon Dr. Nancy Epstein, who has written extensively on the dangers of epidural steroid injections:
When Epidural Steroid Injections Are Done Wrong
Because these injections are done so near the spinal cord, when doctors are negligent in performing the injections, the results can be catastrophic. We have had clients who had their spinal cords punctured by negligent doctors, and clients who developed tears in the dura covering their spinal cords, leading to leaks of spinal fluid. We have had clients who developed spinal hematomas--bleeding on the spinal cord. In all of these cases, the result was a lifetime of pain and disability--all for a procedure that has very limited value and high risk.
Don't Wait--Contact Us Today
If you or someone you care about has been hurt due to medical malpractice in epidural steroid injection, contact us today. There is no reason to wait: consultations with us are free, and if you have a case you pay us nothing unless we get a recovery for you.