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Attorneys for Injuries Stemming From The Use Of Catheters In Invasive Procedures
The use of catheters is common in many invasive medical procedures, but unfortunately, so is the risk of catheter injuries. If you have been hurt by a catheter in an invasive medical procedure, you need the help of an experienced team of lawyers to recover compensation for your serious injuries. At TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm, our experienced medical malpractice attorneys fight hard for victims of catheter-related injuries.
To speak with one of our experienced attorneys regarding your potential catheter injury lawsuit, give us a call at (800) 698-4054 for a free consultation. You can also reach us at our Northern Kentucky office by calling (859) 578-9130, our Ohio office at (513) 651-4130, or by completing the intake form found on our website.
What is a Catheter?
Catheters are thin, soft, hollow tubes that are inserted into narrow openings of a patient’s body to serve a certain purpose, including to treat diseases, remove small blood clots, administer medication, or to drain fluids. The most common types of catheters, and the ones most people are familiar with, are urinary catheters. These medical devices are inserted into a patient’s bladder to empty urine and hold it in a drainage bag.
Types of Catheters
Though urinary catheters are typically what come to mind when people think of these medical devices, there are plenty of other uses and types of catheters in the medical community. For example, intravenous catheters, more commonly known as IVs, are used to administer medicine or fluids into a patient’s bloodstream. There are two types of IVs: peripheral venous and central venous.
- Peripheral Venous Catheter – These types of catheters are most commonly used in surgical procedures or for patients who are expected to have relatively short hospital stays. They are typically inserted into veins in your hand, forearm, or foot.
- Central Venous Catheter – There are several uses for central venous catheters. These are used in patients where there are problems accessing smaller veins in the hand, arm, or foot or are sometimes intended to remain inside patients for a much longer period of time, sometimes even several years. They are typically inserted into your neck, arm, chest, or leg. Uses for these types of catheters may include:
- Outpatient treatment
- Depositing nutrients (for patients who can’t take food through their mouth, stomach, or intestines)
- Measuring blood pressure of large veins
How Can a Catheter Cause Injury?
Though catheters can be extremely beneficial and even life-saving for some, they can also lead to serious injury. One of the more obvious causes of catheter failure is due to medical negligence. If healthcare providers do not insert a catheter properly or, in some instances, fail to replace it at an appropriate time, the patient may suffer serious health problems as a result. If this is the case, the patient may file a medical malpractice claim against the responsible healthcare professional.
Another far too common occurrence is the catheters themselves being defective. Whether the defective catheters were a result of poor product design or a problem occurring during the manufacturing process, large corporations are frequently held responsible for complications arising from the use of their catheters. Serious injury may result from problems with the medical device ballooning, expanding, rupturing, breaking off, or completely separating in a patient’s body.
Common Catheter-Related Injuries
Whatever adverse events led to the catheter-related injury, a number of serious health complications can result. There are several types and brands of catheters, each carrying different risks, but some of the more common injuries and risks associated with catheters include:
- Catheter perforation injuries: This is a common injury when catheters are used in coronary procedures. When the surgical procedure is not handled properly, coronary walls and valves can become perforated, resulting in serious complications that are potentially fatal. Other times, central venous catheters intended for veins, such as the internal jugular vein, are mistakenly placed in nearby arteries, such as the carotid artery.
- Strokes and heart attacks: When a catheter is not inserted properly, fluid buildup and other problems can arise, leading to increased risk of stroke or heart attack.
- Internal injuries: With penile bladder catheters in particular, catheter insertion can cause serious internal injuries.
- Extreme pain and discomfort: Because catheters are so invasive, it is common for their use to result in extreme pain and discomfort for patients.
- Infections: When catheters are improperly cleaned and sterilized, they introduce germs that can lead to serious and even life-threatening infections.
Other potential injuries include obstruction of blood flow, air embolism, blood vessel damage, hemorrhaging, and even death. These are just a few of the possible side effects and complications that can arise from defective catheters and device failure. If you have experienced any type of problem with catheter use, talk with our medical malpractice and defective product lawyers as soon as possible. We can assess your case to see if you have a viable claim and fight to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Can a Blocked Catheter Cause Death?
In cases of catheter blockage, the blockage must be treated and remedied quickly. Failure to do so could lead to life-threatening infections (such as sepsis), catastrophic injuries, or even wrongful death.
Can I File a Lawsuit for Catheter-Related Injuries?
If the use of a catheter in an invasive procedure leads to serious injury or death for you or a loved one, you have the right to obtain financial compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. At TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm, our Ohio and Northern Kentucky defective medical device attorneys have handled all kinds of medical device injury claims and have helped our clients recover millions of dollars through settlements and verdicts.
Depending on the unique circumstances surrounding your case, the compensatory damages you may be entitled to include:
- Medical expenses (including the cost of the initial operation as well as any additional surgery to remedy it)
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity (future income)
- Persistent pain
- Mental or emotional distress (loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, etc.)
- Wrongful death damages
Our legal team here at TLF knows what it takes to uncover evidence of medical negligence and dangerous medical devices causing serious illnesses and injuries. We will walk you through the legal process and fight to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. For more information about what to expect when we take your case, give us a call today.
Ohio and Northern Kentucky Medical Malpractice Attorneys for Catheter Injury Claims
At TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm, our Ohio and Northern Kentucky medical malpractice attorneys have decades of experience handling complex litigation matters in all types of injury cases, including those involving defective products and medical malpractice claims. If a medical device like a catheter caused you or someone you love serious or permanent injury, talk with an experienced Kentucky or Ohio medical malpractice lawyer from our firm as soon as possible. You can give us a call at (800) 698-4054 or contact us online today for a free consultation regarding your case.
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