Parasthesia refers to a number of sensations associated with a “numb” feeling in an area of the body. For some people, parasthesia can mean a complete loss of feeling in that area of the body; for others, parasthesia brings on a tingling or “pins and needles” sensation.
Parasthesia is caused by damage or injury to the nerve cells in the afflicted area. Treatment varies depending on the cause of the parasthesia, and the location of the parasthesia. In some cases, parasthesia is treated with a cortisone shot.
While transient parasthesia is fairly common, chronic paresthesia can mean that there has been an injury to the nerves in that area of the body. In some cases, parasthesia may be the result of medical malpractice, which occurs when the level of medical care deviated from the established standards of practice.
Chronic parasthesia may be caused by poor circulation, nerve damage, nerve irritation, or physical trauma such as whiplash. Although parasthesia is often caused by medical conditions, if a doctor fails to properly diagnose and treat parasthesia, he or she may be liable for medical malpractice. Studies show that diagnostic errors are one of the leading causes of medical malpractice claims in the United States.
At Ankin Law Office, LLC, our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys focus on representing the victims of a wide variety of medical malpractice claims. As a result, we have the knowledge and experience necessary to analyze your parasthesia case to determine whether you may have been the victim of medical malpractice, and we are well-equipped to handle the complex legal and factual issues that arise in parasthesia cases.
If you have suffered parasthesia and think that it might have been caused by medical malpractice, contact one of our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible medical malpractice claim.