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Surgical Malpractice and Nerve Damage: What You Need to Know in Arizona

Updated: Feb 24, 2023

When a patient undergoes surgery, they trust their surgeon and medical team to have the knowledge, skill, and experience to properly perform the procedure and ensure their safety. However, surgical errors can occur, and one of the most serious complications that can arise is nerve damage.


Nerve damage can occur during surgery in a variety of ways. For example, a surgeon may cut or sever a nerve during the procedure, or a surgical instrument may crush or stretch a nerve. Nerve damage can also occur as a result of improper positioning or the use of incorrect surgical techniques.


The surgical procedures with the highest risk of nerve damage include: Osteosynthesis and osteotomy, arthrodesis (Joint Fusion), lymph node biopsies in the neck, carpal tunnel release surgery, varicose vein surgery, removal of a popliteal cyst (a “Baker’s cyst”), and inguinal hernia repairs. (1)


The consequences of nerve damage can be severe and long-lasting. Symptoms of nerve damage include loss of sensation, muscle weakness, and even paralysis. In some cases, nerve damage can lead to chronic pain and the need for additional surgeries.


If you believe you or a loved one has experienced nerve damage due to surgical malpractice, the Dr. Lawyer wants to help. The Dr. Lawyer is the only Arizona medical malpractice attorney who will look at your medical records through the lenses of a lawyer and a practicing doctor. That is the level of legal representation you deserve when you’ve been injured through this type of medical malpractice.


The Dr. Lawyer provides free consultations to meet you, review your medical records, and to learn about the injuries you’ve suffered to determine whether the surgeon and medical team were negligent in their care. There are absolutely no fees until you and the Dr. Lawyer win.


If you suspect that surgical malpractice may have led to nerve damage, it is important to act quickly. There are strict time limits for filing medical malpractice claims, and waiting too long may prevent you from being able to seek the compensation you deserve.


Unsure whether you need an attorney for your injuries following possible surgical malpractice? A free call to the Dr. Lawyer Law Group can help you understand your medical records and potential legal case. The Dr. Lawyer is here to help you.


(1) Antoniadis G, Kretschmer T, Pedro MT, König RW, Heinen CP, Richter HP. Iatrogenic Nerve Injuries: Prevalence, Diagnosis and Treatment. Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2014;111(16)


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