Iv Infiltration And Complication Attorneys

Many individuals are unfamiliar with IV infiltration, but they are familiar with IVs if they or a family member have ever been hospitalised. The majority of hospitalised patients require intravenous (IV) therapy. IVs are also utilised in outpatient facilities and some physician offices.

What is IV Infiltration? 

IV infiltration can occur if the IV is improperly inserted or if the needle punctures the vein. It can also occur when the IV is placed in a location where it can become dislodged if the patient moves, such as too close to the arm bend.

When an IV is improperly inserted or positioned, the liquid passing through the IV can seep into the surrounding tissue rather than the vein. IV infiltration can result in numerous adverse effects, including but not limited to the following:

  • Redness, swelling, discomfort, and burning around the IV.
  • The patient is not administered the proper amount of medication or solution.
  • Burns, blistering and ulceration of the skin
  • Extreme scarring at the site of medication contact with the skin
  • Permanent nerve damage

In cases of severe IV infiltration, the individual may experience impaired or diminished use of the affected extremity. In certain instances, surgical amputation of the affected limb may be necessary.

Common Reasons for IV Infiltration 

IV administration in medical settings is extremely prevalent. It is not difficult to insert and use intravenous lines, but it does require training and knowledge. Serious complications can result from errors made during and after IV insertion.

Common causes of IV infiltration and IV injury include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Improper IV catheter insertion
  • Use of a too-large or improper catheter
  • Repeated attempts to insert the IV resulting in vein or surrounding tissue damage
  • Inadequate monitoring of the IV after insertion.
  • Using an inappropriately high IV flow rate
  • Failure to monitor for symptoms of a ruptured intravenous (IV) vein
  • Movement-induced pressure or friction causes the catheter to move, resulting in vein erosion.
  • IV catheters that are damaged or defective

To reduce the risk of complications and IV infiltration, medical professionals must take measures to prevent IV injuries. Steps may include, but are not limited to, inspecting equipment, using the proper equipment, selecting an appropriate IV site, following proper procedures for IV insertion, and monitoring the IV following insertion.

Medical Malpractice Claims for IV Infiltration 

If medical negligence or error caused an IV infiltration or IV injury, you may have a claim under New York’s medical malpractice laws. Nevertheless, proving medical malpractice is more difficult than proving ordinary negligence.

You must first establish the applicable medical standard of care for your case. Your medical malpractice attorney collaborates with medical professionals to establish the medical standard of care applicable to your case.

After establishing the medical standard of care, you must demonstrate that your healthcare provider deviated from it. In most instances, the medical standard of care is determined by what a reasonable physician would have done in a similar situation to yours.

You must also demonstrate that the breach of the standard of care caused your injuries and damages. If you were not injured, you could not bring a medical malpractice claim.

What Should I Do if I Suffered an IV Injury?

If you have been injured as a result of IV infiltration, contact an attorney for medical malpractice immediately. Without your attorney present, you should not discuss the case with the doctor, medical facility, or insurance company.

If you were injured as a result of medical negligence, you may be eligible for compensation for:

  • Medical expenses incurred in the past and in the future as a result of medical negligence
  • income and benefits lost
  • Loss of potential future earnings
  • distress and suffering
  • Loss of life’s pleasure
  • Emotional distress

The families of patients who died as a result of IV infiltration are eligible for wrongful death compensation.

Contact an attorney immediately if you have any questions regarding a medical malpractice claim. New York’s statute of limitations restricts how long you have to file a medical malpractice claim. Protect your rights by seeking legal counsel without delay.

Contact Our Personal Injury Law Firm

Contact Abrams Law Group for a free consultation if you’ve been hurt in an accident and require legal assistance.

Abrams Law Group
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Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 997-9797

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