Medical procedures that performed frequently are sometimes referred to as ‘routine’ by medical professionals. However, all medical procedures carry some level of risk regardless of how often they are provided, even ‘routine’ procedures. Patients expect healthcare providers to be trained to properly assess, diagnose, and treat conditions and diseases. When a doctor, surgeon, nurse, radiologist, or other healthcare professional is negligent in providing care, the result can have a devastating impact on a patient’s quality of life.
Cortisone is a type steroid that is often administered by injection to effectively treat inflammation and thus pain. Joints like elbows, knees, shoulders, wrists, ankles, and spines can be treated with cortisone shots. This treatment can help a variety of conditions including gout, various types of arthritis, and back pain.
However, there are risks associated with these injections that physicians must know and inform their patients about. Side effects including nerve damage, infection, cartilage damage, tendon weakening or rupture and others are serious injuries that could occur with repeated use or large dosages of cortisone. Physicians who negligently administer repeated or high-dose cortisone injections put their patients’ health and quality of life at risk.
Summary of a negligent administration of cortisone injections claim
A man sought treatment at an Indianapolis hospital for heel pain. He was administered an excessive number of cortisone steroid shots to his heel. Receiving too many steroid injections can weaken joints and cause injury. Ultimately, the man suffered an Achilles tendon rupture as a result of the excessive shots which required multiple surgeries and treatment for infection of the surgical wound.
Cortisone injection lawsuit
If you or someone you know suffered a serious injury after receiving cortisone injections, contact us. Our medical malpractice attorneys have litigated cases across the state of Indiana and can provide you with a free case evaluation and discuss your legal rights and options.