Extravasation of Chemotherapeutic Agents Attorney
Doctors use intravenous (IV) catheters for multiple purposes. These catheter lines help place medication into the blood vessels, replace necessary liquids, and allow professionals to monitor a patient’s vitals. However, if a healthcare worker places an IV into the wrong location, serious injuries can occur — especially if the IV is administering chemotherapeutic agents.
Suffering an IV injury can cause serious harm to cancer patients. If your doctor committed extravasation, you may be eligible for financial compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. The attorneys at Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger Norfleet can help you recover the compensation you need to heal from your injuries.
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- Our attorneys have extensive experience in the courtroom and in negotiations. We can represent your best interests and advocate for your needs during each stage of litigation.
- We have a deep understanding of medicine, partnering with medical experts who can provide valuable insight into your injuries and the behavior of healthcare workers.
- Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you do not have to pay legal fees unless we secure a settlement in your case.
Types of Chemotherapeutic Extravasation Injuries
Extravasation occurs when an IV line administers medication to a different part of the body than the circulatory system. An extravasation injury can occur due to a medical professional placing the line in the wrong location, when medication seeps through holes in the veins from previous procedures, or leakage occurs in structurally compromised veins. As a result, you can suffer harm to multiple parts of your body, including the skin, muscles, bones, and nerves.
Extravasation involving chemotherapy medications is especially dangerous. Experts assign different chemotherapy drugs to two categories based on how they harm a patient when extravasated: vesicant and irritant.
- Vesicant chemotherapeutic agents, such as Vinblastine and Dactinomycin, cause tissue damage, necrosis, blistering, and severe chemical burns when extravasated.
- Irritant chemotherapeutic agents, such as Denileukin and Teniposide, cause temporary inflammation. Symptoms of irritant chemotherapeutic extravasation include redness, tenderness, and warmth.
Extravasation can lead to serious complications, especially for vesicant drugs. The damage you incur depends on the type of medication administered, as well as the drug’s concentration, the leakage site, and the actions of the medical staff immediately following the error.
Legal Options for Chemotherapeutic Extravasation Patients
Doctors owe a certain standard of care to their patients, and this standard requires them to perform several tasks before administering a chemotherapeutic drug. Your doctor must inform you of the risks associated with the medication, obtain your consent, and oversee the proper administration of the drug. If you do develop an extravasation injury, he or she must treat it quickly and properly to avoid further complications.
If your doctor administers these drugs without obtaining your consent or explaining the risks, fails to oversee proper administration, or does not treat your extravasation injury, he or she commits an act of negligence. As a result, you can hold him or her accountable for your injuries in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
To prove your case, you will need to establish three important facts.
- A doctor-patient relationship existed at the time of the extravasation.
- The doctor breached his or her duty of care.
- You suffered injuries and losses as a result of the breach.
The attorneys at Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger Norfleet can gather the evidence and medical expert testimony you need to establish your right to compensation, representing your best interests during each stage of litigation.
Speak with a Kansas City Medical Malpractice Lawyer
When you undergo treatment for a serious condition like cancer, you expect your medical team to treat you with an acceptable standard of care. If you suffered an injury due to the extravasation of chemotherapeutic agents, you deserve justice — and Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger Norfleet can help.
Our attorneys have over 25 years of combined experience helping Kansas City residents hold negligent medical professionals accountable. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with one of our medical malpractice lawyers.