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Spinal Epidural Abscess Attorneys in Washington Who Stand By Our Clients

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Your spinal column is part of the central nervous system. It supports your back and upper body and relays important messages to your brain. A spinal epidural abscess that develops at the base of your spine requires prompt diagnosis and treatment to prevent severe injuries such as neurological damage, paralysis, and death.

Unfortunately, many patients with spinal epidural abscesses don’t get the correct diagnosis in time. There are even cases where the patient has to return to the hospital or the ER more than once before a doctor finally orders the necessary tests to discover a spinal epidural abscess. At this point, it may be too late to prevent catastrophic injuries.

If you or a loved one suffered injuries because a medical condition was misdiagnosed and you did not receive the proper treatment in time, it may be medical malpractice. The experienced Washington medical malpractice attorneys at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. will file a claim or a lawsuit to help you get the compensation you need to cover your medical bills and other costs, such as lost wages and medical devices.

Call (877) 433-3906 to schedule an initial consultation at no charge today.

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What Causes a Spinal Epidural Abscess?

An abscess is a pocket full of pus that accumulates in your body due to an infection. A spinal epidural abscess occurs at the base of the spinal cord in the lower region of your back, and they are often caused by back surgery. That’s why it’s so important for hospitals to sterilize surgical equipment. A spinal epidural abscess can also result when an infection from another part of the body spreads to the spine.

Factors that may contribute to a spinal epidural abscess include:

  • A spinal injury
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Blood infections
  • Diabetes
  • IV drug use
  • Bone infections

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Diagnosing a Spinal Epidural Abscess in Washington

The three most important things a doctor must do to correctly diagnose a spinal epidural abscess are to ask the right questions, review the patient’s medical history, and order the correct tests. When a doctor forms an opinion too quickly, it may cause them to automatically rule out the correct diagnosis. A doctor must keep an open mind until they find out what’s causing the patient’s problem.

By listening to the patient and referring to their medical records, a doctor may discover that more testing is required. For a patient with a spinal epidural abscess, blood tests, and an MRI will help the doctor determine the true cause of the patient’s symptoms.

Signs of spinal epidural abscess include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Confusion
  • Pain in the lower back or spine
  • Stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Incontinence
  • Reduced coordination
  • Bowel problems
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Pain when walking or moving

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Medical Malpractice and a Spinal Epidural Abscess

The first signs of a spinal epidural abscess will often be back pain accompanied by a fever. Then, the patient may become weak, and pain will begin to radiate throughout the body as they lose control of their muscles. Eventually, neurological damage, paralysis, and death may result if the patient doesn’t receive the correct treatment, which is usually antibiotics or a combination of antibiotics and surgery.

Medical malpractice occurs when a hospital, a doctor, or some other medical professional deviates from the standard treatment for an illness, and this deviation causes the patient to be injured. This can happen when a doctor ignores a patient’s symptoms or when a hospital follows inadequate procedures.

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How Your Washington Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Help

If you were injured due to medical malpractice, doctors, nurses, administrators, and hospital staff are going to do what they can to protect themselves. That’s why the medical malpractice attorneys at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. will conduct a thorough investigation by collecting the following types of evidence:

  • Medical records
  • Internal hospital documents
  • Witness interviews
  • A doctor’s employment history
  • Analysis from medical experts

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Damages Available for Victims of Spinal Epidural Abscess Medical Malpractice

An undiagnosed spinal epidural abscess may cause catastrophic injuries. The patient may be suffering from paralysis, brain damage, or both. They may never be able to resume their career. Disabilities that the patient suffers may require lifelong medical treatment and assisted living care. The costs for the patient’s family can be astronomical in these situations.

Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. will file a claim or a lawsuit that includes the following types of damages:

  • Medical treatment
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medications
  • Reduced enjoyment of life
  • In-home nursing care
  • Loss of income
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Wheelchair lifts for your vehicle and ramps for your home

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Helping You Get the Resources You Need

For over 40 years, Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. has been helping people injured by the careless actions of others. During this time, we’ve won millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients.

At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., we believe that the people who harmed you should have to pay for it. Call (877) 433-3906 to learn more today.

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