MY HUSBAND HAD AN INJECTION TO LUMBAR 2 THAT WAS FRACTURED IN A CAR WRECK, THE DOCTOR TOLS US IT WAS BONE CEMENT WOULD JUST GO INTO THE CRACK OF THE BONE AND SET UP HARD LIKE REAL CONCRETE, HE DID IR UNDER RADIOLOGICAL GUIDANCE, BUT SOMEHOW HE HIT A BLLOD VESSEL DURING THIS PROCEDURE & MY HUSBAND'S CHEST CT SHOWS MUTIPLE EMBOLI OF CEMENT IN THE LUNG FIELDS, WE WERE NEVER TOLD THIS COULD BE A POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECT. DO YOU THINK WE HAVE A MALPRACTICE CASE.
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Illinois
PULMOLOGIST WE ARE SEEING , WE WERE REFERRED TOO BY THE SAME MD WHO DID THE INJECTION, BECAUSE PRIOR TO THIS SURGERY HE HAD DONE 2 PRIOR SURGERIES ON MY HUSBAND, FIRST WAS CERVICAL FUSION WITH NO COMPLICATIONS, SECOND WAS LTER & IT WAS A FUSION OF LUBAR TO SACRAL & HE ENDED UP WITH DOUBLE PNEUMONIA & AN ILEUS & WAS IN NEURO ICU FOR 9 DAYS WITH VERY LOW O2 SATS & CONFUSION. THE PULMOLOGIST TOLD US LAST WEEK THERE WAS NOTHING HE KNEW OF THAT COULD BE DONE ABOUT THE CEMENT IN THE LUNGS!!!
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QUESTIONS: "DO YOU THINK WE HAVE A MALPRACTICE CASE."
ANSWER: Yes. First of all, please allow me to say that I am sure sorry for circumstances and wish the very best to you and your husband. Here is how this works. Your first step is to confer with a local plaintiffs' trial attorney as soon as possible. There would be no fee for obtaining such a consultation. If an attorney accepts the case pursuant to the customary contingency fee agreement there would be no up-front charges to you . Rather, your legal counsel would only get paid out of the proceeds of a verdict or settlement if he or she were successful in obtaining a favorable outcome and winning the case on your husband's behalf. The only way to know for certain, however, is to have your husband's case screened on the merits and then reviewed by a medical expert witness (the attorney will arrange for this as indicated).
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Do we need to go ahead with a personal injury lawyer now?
We are not yet sure where all the injected cement may have went to in his blood stream.
He has been experiencing excruating headaches for the past 2 weeks, & our concern is that some of the cement may have also traveled to the blood vessels in his head since the Headaches are a new occurence for him.
I have been an RN now for 35 years and I never knew about this until I googled bone cement & read up on it. The Medical Community have know about this since 2004, that this is a possible occurence when using the cement. Our doctor never even mention that this was a possible side effect....
We are Utterly Mortified of the possible complications this may, or is causing him!
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