A 5-year-old Georgia girl died after being administered a lethal dose of the local anesthesia called lidocaine in June of this year. The girl’s family had taken her to Family Medical Clinic after she broke her arm in an accident. While trying to set her arm, the clinic workers gave the child too much lidocaine and she died.
As an Atlanta personal injury law firm which specializes in medical malpractice, we have seen a recent proliferation of injuries and deaths caused by improper delivery of anesthesia. Many of these injuries are caused by dentists who are causing nerve injuries by using an anesthesia called Septocaine. Our Atlanta Dental Malpractice lawyers are currently representing clients who have been injured in this fashion, either by the dentist severing the lingual or inferior alveolar nerves during the injection or by the nerves being damaged by the anesthesia itself. In either case, the nerve damage is often debilitating and permanent. This results in permanent numbness and pain in the tongue, chin, lips, cheeks, teeth and mouth.
Other type of cases that we see resulting in nerve damage are eye trauma cases, and severe traumatic injuries which stretch many nerves in the body which, if not treated quickly, can result in permanent nerve damage.
According to WebMD, there can be a wide array of symptoms related to nerve damage. Which ones you may have depends on the location and type of nerves that are affected. Damage can occur to nerves in your brain and spinal cord. It can also occur in the peripheral nerves, which are located throughout the rest of your body.
Autonomic nerve damage may produce the following symptoms:
- Inability to sense chest pain, such as angina or heart attack
- Too much, or too little, sweating
- Dry eyes and mouth
- Bladder dysfunction
- Sexual dysfunction
Damage to motor nerves may produce the following symptoms:
- Muscle atrophy
Sensory nerve damage may produce the following symptoms:
- Tingling or prickling
- Problems with positional awareness
In some instances, people with nerve damage will have symptoms that indicate damage to two, or even three, different types of nerves. For instance, you might experience weakness and burning of your legs at the same time. Other times, you may experience pain and numbness at the same time.
Our firm is currently reviewing new cases involving permanent nerve damage and other serious personal injuries caused by dental malpractice. The common procedures that can result in dental nerve injuries include, but are not limited to, root canals, dental implants in the mandible (lower jaw), and other dental procedures which injure nerves or the jaw. Robert J. Fleming has been handling wrongful death cases, dental malpractice, bus accidents, car accident cases and premises injury cases for individuals and families who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of another for more than 20 years. He practices in and around the Atlanta, Georgia area including handling lawsuits in Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton, Gwinnett, Cobb and other counties and nearby cities including Alpharetta, Austell, Avondale Estates, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Duluth, Decatur, Doraville, Hapeville, Johns Creek, Jonesboro, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Peachtree City, Riverdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stone Mountain, and Smyrna. If you have been seriously injured and would like discuss your case, contact Robert J. Fleming directly on (404) 525-5150 or contact us online.