Welcome to Law-Forums.org!   

Advertisments:




Sponsor Links:

Discount Legal Forms
Discounted Legal Texts


Possible Malpractice Case Resulting From Lumbar Puncture

Been the victim of Medical Malpractice or fighting a malpractice suit? Discuss it here.

Possible Malpractice Case Resulting From Lumbar Puncture

Postby Jaymin » Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:47 pm

Hi there!

I was looking over this website when I came upon another woman's experience regarding a lumbar puncture.  First off let me state that I am a nurse, so I know a little bit about procedures done in the ER.  In 2006 I presented to an ER in Richmond, Va. with symptoms of headache and fever.  The previous night I went to a " emergency clinic " and was diagnosed with the flu after a positive flu swab.  I had mentioned in the ER that I was a nurse, so the nurse attending me asked me to do my own flu swab because she was busy.  I have never done a flu swab in my life, but what the hay I tried anyway.  Well, it came back negative. Therefore, the physician attending me decided he should procede with a lumbar puncture to rule out spinal meningitis.  I did mention to him that I had a history(although a short history) of migraines and asked if that could be it.  He did not think that was the case, so he then preceded to prep me and perform the procedure.  Right away, I experienced very sharp pain shooting down my left side, a pain that was so extreme I asked him to stop.  He stated that he could not stop and said " I know it hurts honey but I have to get this sample ".  On the record, I do have pictures of the aftermath and I count twelve marks at random along and to the side of my  spinal column, including one puncture mark that does mark my exact pain today and is still visible.  Once the sterile field was broken during the procedure by the nurse and he had to swab me over again and continue.  I asked him to please send me to x-ray repeadetly.  He said he could not because they were busy and they were supposed to perform these procedures in the ER.  I kept asking him to stop and he did not, he just ignored my requests.  However after cursing and throwing down the needle, he told the nurse to call x-ray.  Of course the radiologist retrieved the sample on the first try.  It is now nearing two years later and I still have persistent pain in the left lower back and shooting pain in the left leg accompanied by numbness and tingling.  I have suffered one major fall and multiple little falls due to the weakness in my left leg.  My major fall tore one of the disc in the middle of my back, but is now healed.  My most recent fall left me with a sprained ankle.  I went to the University of Virginia for a confirmed diagnosis of nerve damage resulting from lumbar puncture.  In their notes, they did mention that the pain and weakness is most likely from the lumbar puncture and two other physicians agreed.  However, they still want to do a discmograhy because I might have aggrivated it when I fell at work assisting a patient.  So my question is first does the discmography complicate things and should I have it?  Next, is what I have so far substancial enough evidence to pursue a malpractice/personal injury case?  I know all about the statue of limitations in Virginia, but remember I was just diagnosed in Feburary of 2008.  I don't know much about the risk factors of a lumbar puncture but I do know about patient rights and I have the right to say stop.  Also, from the articles that I have read on the internet, permanent nerve damage is rare, so I would think that this would justify my pusuance of a case.  This has caused great financial problems, as well as immense pain on a consistent pain scale of 6-8.  This is no life.  I will never again play tennis, or just simply run around in the yard with my five year old.  By the way, I forgot to mention that my OBGYN took out my left ovary because they thought that was the source of my back pain due to previous ovarian cyst.  I look forward to hearing from you.  

Regards,

Katherine
Jaymin
 
Posts: 46
Joined: Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:12 pm

Possible Malpractice Case Resulting From Lumbar Puncture

Postby Eddis » Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:27 pm

Hi there!

I was looking over this website when I came upon another woman's experience regarding a lumbar puncture.  First off let me state that I am a nurse, so I know a little bit about procedures done in the ER.  In 2006 I presented to an ER in Richmond, Va. with symptoms of headache and fever.  The previous night I went to a " emergency clinic " and was diagnosed with the flu after a positive flu swab.  I had mentioned in the ER that I was a nurse, so the nurse attending me asked me to do my own flu swab because she was busy.  I have never done a flu swab in my life, but what the hay I tried anyway.  Well, it came back negative. Therefore, the physician attending me decided he should procede with a lumbar puncture to rule out spinal meningitis.  I did mention to him that I had a history(although a short history) of migraines and asked if that could be it.  He did not think that was the case, so he then preceded to prep me and perform the procedure.  Right away, I experienced very sharp pain shooting down my left side, a pain that was so extreme I asked him to stop.  He stated that he could not stop and said " I know it hurts honey but I have to get this sample ".  On the record, I do have pictures of the aftermath and I count twelve marks at random along and to the side of my  spinal column, including one puncture mark that does mark my exact pain today and is still visible.  Once the sterile field was broken during the procedure by the nurse and he had to swab me over again and continue.  I asked him to please send me to x-ray repeadetly.  He said he could not because they were busy and they were supposed to perform these procedures in the ER.  I kept asking him to stop and he did not, he just ignored my requests.  However after cursing and throwing down the needle, he told the nurse to call x-ray.  Of course the radiologist retrieved the sample on the first try.  It is now nearing two years later and I still have persistent pain in the left lower back and shooting pain in the left leg accompanied by numbness and tingling.  I have suffered one major fall and multiple little falls due to the weakness in my left leg.  My major fall tore one of the disc in the middle of my back, but is now healed.  My most recent fall left me with a sprained ankle.  I went to the University of Virginia for a confirmed diagnosis of nerve damage resulting from lumbar puncture.  In their notes, they did mention that the pain and weakness is most likely from the lumbar puncture and two other physicians agreed.  However, they still want to do a discmograhy because I might have aggrivated it when I fell at work assisting a patient.  So my question is first does the discmography complicate things and should I have it?  Next, is what I have so far substancial enough evidence to pursue a malpractice/personal injury case?  I know all about the statue of limitations in Virginia, but remember I was just diagnosed in Feburary of 2008.  I don't know much about the risk factors of a lumbar puncture but I do know about patient rights and I have the right to say stop.  Also, from the articles that I have read on the internet, permanent nerve damage is rare, so I would think that this would justify my pusuance of a case.  This has caused great financial problems, as well as immense pain on a consistent pain scale of 6-8.  This is no life.  I will never again play tennis, or just simply run around in the yard with my five year old.  By the way, I forgot to mention that my OBGYN took out my left ovary because they thought that was the source of my back pain due to previous ovarian cyst.  I look forward to hearing from you.  

Regards,

Katherine
Eddis
 
Posts: 36
Joined: Mon Apr 07, 2014 3:44 am

Possible Malpractice Case Resulting From Lumbar Puncture

Postby Cleit » Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:22 am

Katherine, I have a good friend who's a great medical malpractice attorney in Richmond. Would it be OK if he calls you?

If so, send back your telephone number.

Ed Smith

Sacramento, Ca

Katherine, I've never heard back from you so I presume you have found someone to help you. If you want to write me privately with your tel number, my e-mail is [email protected]  

Good Luck,

Ed Smith
Cleit
 
Posts: 44
Joined: Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:18 pm


Return to Medical Malpractice

 


  • Related topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post
cron