ShouldI get a lawyer to sue for pain and suffering for the wronginjection of an epidural?

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ShouldI get a lawyer to sue for pain and suffering for the wronginjection of an epidural?

When I gave birth to my son 4 months ago I had an with epidural. I’m still having back pain. I went to have X-rays recently done and it showed that my spine bone was repeatedly hit becausethey couldn’t find an open spot. When he was giving me the epidural I kept telling him I can feel everything; he said not possible. He tested another spot and said can you feel this and I said yes; I continued to be in pain. Then he told me my bones were too close together and he needed to go in another spot but the same thing happened. I could still feel everything then tried a 3rd time; I said forget it (but it finally worked).

Asked on February 5, 2012 under Malpractice Law, New York

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Definitely consult with an attorney--experienced malpractice counsel--before doing anything; you need first to evaluate not just whether you  have a case, but also whether it is worthwhile pursuing.

Medical malpractice cases are among the most expensive cases to pursue; that is because, you need medical expert testimony and typically medical tests, neither of which is inexpensive. It can cost thousands, or even of tens of thousands, of dollars to effectively pursue such a claim. Only if the medical costs you incurred as a result of the alleged malpractice and the value of the pain and suffering are themselves thousands or tens of thousands of dollars is it worth considering such a case. Experienced malpractice counsel help you determine if you may have a worthwhile lawsuit; many or most will provide a free initial consultation, specifically for this purpose.


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