I gave birth to my daughter november 20th 2013, I was a healthy 28 year old woman.
I was induced, the labor was long but not painful until a certain point. I requested an epidural because I was too tired to fight the pain. I was given the epidural and was ready to deliver an hour later. The delivery took 3 hours, it wasn't painful, I even slept through it. The next day I woke up and I started biting my lip and my tongue while talking, I asked the nurse if she saw anything weird on my face she said no, later on the right side of my face was completely paralysed. Tons of doctors came to my room, I had MRI of my brain, everything was normal, I was given steroids, was told that it was bell's palsy and it should go away in 3 weeks to 3 months (by a neurologist and my midwife) Well fast forward to today and the paralysis seems to be definitive with the headaches and pain, I am disfigured for life. I did research and found that I might have adhesive archnoiditis which is caused by epidurals but can't find a specialist to confirm yet, but it would explain why the bell's palsy treatment I got (massage, acupunture and medicine) didn't work.
Contact local malpractice counsel as the statute of limitations may already have run. The statute by which suit must be started in Georgia generally is two years from the date of injury.
Her records would need to be reviewed to ascertain whether there was a breach of the standard of care.
It is absolutely worth having the matter reviewed by a good malpractice attorney in your area.
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As one my colleagues noted, you may have a statute of limitations problem, so you should definitely contact a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to investigate. You should obtain your medical records for the attorney to review and potentially provide to a medical professional for review. Ultimately, a medical professional will have to attest to a failure of one or more of your medical providers to comply with the standard of care in the medical community and that their failure caused your injuries, in order for a suit to be brought. In the meantime, I hope you continue seeking evaluations from specialists so that you can truly determine and properly treat the problem. I am no medical expert, of course, but Arachnoiditis is, at least as I understand it, a complicated diagnosis to confirm and to treat. So, proper diagnosis is key. I'm sorry to hear you are going through this.
Answers to questions are for general purposes only and do not establish an attorney-client relationship. Please keep in mind that every jurisdiction has statutes of limitation and other laws that will have the effect of time-barring a potential claim. These deadlines differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Consulting with an attorney quickly is the best way to protect yourself.
As a general rule you have two years from the date of injury to file a claim. There are exceptions that may be able to toll (extend the statute of limitations). On a personal level, my wife dealt with a similar situation. The epidural was administered too late. Not only did she not fully benefit from it, but her thigh was number for several months. There are inherit risks with all medical procedures. Nevertheless, doctors and medical facilities should be held accountable.
You may have a statute of limitations problem for your case. Nonetheless you should contact an attorney who handles personal injury with a focus of Medical Malpractice.
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