Louisville, KY asked in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Kentucky

Q: I would like to know what kind of tests show steroid injection damage.

When I lived in Illinois I saw a pain management specialist in Illinois that gave me various Caudal Steroid Injection with a shot in the tailbone. When I moved to Kentucky I saw a different pain management specialist and I also got a Caudal Steroid Injection from that person. Since it was administered differently than the person in Illinois and helped temporarily and after that pain and numbness increased in various areas I saw a different pain management specialist who then verified that it was done incorrectly. What kind of test will show nerve damage or any kind of damage done by the improperly administered Caudal Injection? I know that medical malpractice lawsuits have a time statute to file a claim.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: To determine the extent of damage caused by a caudal steroid injection, various diagnostic tests can be utilized. Common tests include MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), which can provide detailed images of the spine and surrounding tissues, and an EMG (Electromyography), which tests the electrical activity of muscles to assess nerve function. These tests can help identify nerve damage or other issues related to the injection.

It's also important to gather all medical records related to the injections you received, including notes from the healthcare providers who administered them and those who later assessed the potential damage. This documentation is crucial for a thorough medical evaluation and can be significant if you are considering legal action.

Regarding the potential for a medical malpractice lawsuit, you're correct that there are statutes of limitations, which vary by state. In Kentucky, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice is generally one year from the date you discovered or should have discovered the injury. However, this can be a complex area of law, and there are exceptions and specific rules that may apply.

Given the complexity of medical malpractice cases and the specific timelines for filing a claim, it would be wise to consult an attorney who is experienced in this area of law as soon as possible. They can review your case, advise you on the applicable statutes of limitations, and help you understand your legal options.

Your health and legal rights are important, and taking steps to address any potential harm you've suffered is a key part of advocating for yourself. Professional legal and medical guidance can provide the support you need to navigate this process.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: Damage could show up on MRIs (and possibly other tests), but this is really a question for a medical professional, not an attorney. Your other question about med mal SOLs - yes, there are statutes of limitations. A Kentucky attorney should advise there, but you posted a week ago. If you're able to arrange a free initial consult with a local attorney, that would be discussed in a consult. Good luck

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