Spinal cord injuries are painful, even if they’re minor. Several treatments can help relieve this pain; one of the most common is a spinal cord stimulator. Although these devices can mitigate discomfort, there have been instances of defective models causing more harm than good.
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Spinal cord stimulators (SCS) are devices implanted on a patient’s spine to help relieve pain. They emit low levels of electricity along the spinal cord and have been found to reduce the need for pain medications.
These devices are recommended as the last option for anyone experiencing pain before resorting to surgical options. An SCS helps manage pain, but it is not a cure.
There are three models of spinal cord stimulators commonly used, and they can either sit outside the body or inside.
A stimulator can be implanted in the spinal cord of someone feeling pain. The device’s electrodes are placed between the spinal cord and the vertebrae. The patient can activate the stimulator when they are feeling pain. The device will send impulses along the spinal cord, thought to block or disrupt the pain signals sent to the brain.
Pain can range from distracting to crippling. Most people will be desperate for relief, and they’ll turn to any kind of help they can. A medical provider may recommend a spinal cord stimulator to ease your pain if you’re experiencing chronic discomfort from:
The spinal cord is a sensitive collection of nerves. Severe accidents can disrupt or damage these nerves, resulting in significant pain and discomfort. Car accidents, accidents at work, or slip-and-fall accidents are some of the most common causes of injuries that cause nerve pain.
A medical provider might recommend a stimulation device after patients have exhausted other methods.
As beneficial as they appear, spinal cord stimulators are not without complications. Like other surgeries, there could be issues during the implantation procedure. Some patients with these devices have complained of severe burns and shocks.
Other SCS complications include:
If your spinal cord stimulator has negatively impacted your life, you can sue for damages related to your injuries. For instance, you can file a defective product lawsuit if the device malfunctions because of a manufacturing error.
However, most spinal cord cases are examples of medical malpractice. These claims argue that your injuries or condition worsened because of a medical mistake that could have been avoided.
There could be several parties responsible for the complications with your stimulation device.
Medical malpractice describes when a medical provider fails to provide reasonable care that harms the patient. Before you can file a medical malpractice claim, you’ll have to establish there was a relationship with the doctor, they provided substandard care, and that care resulted in your injuries.
With the help of a medical malpractice lawyer, you stand a better chance of showing that your spinal cord stimulator caused your injuries. They can help you gather the evidence you need to show the medical care you received harmed you. Expert testimony by a physician with experience in the same field can help support that claim.
Your medical records will also help show why the SCS device was recommended, the pain it was supposed to reduce, and the injuries you received after it was installed. Your attorney might also argue that your doctor knew the device might not help but urged you to use one anyway.
In Alabama, you have two years to file a medical malpractice claim under the state’s statute of limitations. That means you have a two-year deadline to file a claim after you notice your spinal cord stimulator injured you. There might be exceptions, but a personal injury lawyer can help you file a claim.
Receiving compensation for your losses from a spinal cord stimulator is possible. You can pursue compensation for your:
If you think your spinal cord stimulator caused you harm or discomfort, you need the help of an experienced medical malpractice attorney in your area. The Belt, Bruner & Barnett P.C. team is highly regarded in spinal cord injuries and medical malpractice. We believe you deserve compensation, and the people responsible for your injury must be held accountable. Let us offer an objective opinion on your best options for recovery.
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