IV Infiltration Lawyer
Were you or a loved one injured by medical malpractice while undergoing the IV infiltration process? At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our personal injury attorneys represent injured patients harmed by medical procedures.
Call our infiltration and complication attorneys at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or use the contact form today to schedule a free consultation and tell us what happened. Let us hold those responsible for causing your IV infiltration injuries legally and financially accountable for their negligence.
IV injection is a medical procedure sending fluids into the body through a direct IV insertion into a vein. The direct administration introduces drugs and fluids to the bloodstream.
The small catheter needle is usually inserted in the hand or arm to deliver medications and fluids separately or simultaneously.
Injection IV therapy allows medical providers to inject fluids using only a syringe. However, the therapy is not 100 percent reliable or safe in the presence of infiltration, which is often considered a natural consequence of routine intravenous therapy.
Serious IV complications can arise when using a catheter into the vein, such as IV infiltration where the medication or fluid is intravenously infused into the surrounding tissue. A complication involving IV infiltration occurs through medical errors, improper placement, improperly inserted catheters, and medical negligence involving the medical staff.
In some IV infiltration cases, the medication injected intravenously through an extravasation process becomes highly toxic when the drug is inadvertently delivered outside the vein, causing severe problems to surrounding tissue and skin.
Other severe complications of IV infiltration include:
- Severe scarring where the medication makes contact with the skin
- Permanent nerve damage
- Skin ulceration or blistering
- Severe burns, where healing requires skin grafting
- Amputation of the affected area
- Impaired or diminished use of an affected extremity
Every patient expects doctors, nurses, and medical facilities to provide the highest level of care during every procedure. However, when a substandard level of care causes serious IV infiltration injuries, the medical staff and facility can be held legally accountable for their neglect.
Standard of Medical Care to Keep Patients Safe With IVs
Medical doctors, nurses, and other health care providers must take steps to protect the patient from injuries associated with IV infiltration complications.
This includes avoiding placement of IV catheter needles at joint sites, selecting the appropriate size catheter, and following proper procedures before, during, and after IV insertion. In addition, the IV catheter cannot be tightened too securely, constricting the patient's blood flow.
To minimize the risk of complications, a medical provider must monitor the patient continuously to detect or identify any IV infiltration emergency. Routine monitoring can ensure significant blood backflow into the catheter's IV tubing while the liquid fluids are being delivered into the bloodstream.
A health care professional must be close by to address any alarm set off by the equipment and check to ensure that the patient is receiving the medication and fluids at the proper infusion rate.
To ensure that the standard of care is given to every IV patient, the doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals at the facility should be fully trained on policies, procedures, and protocols on how to use a catheter to deliver fluids and medications effectively.
Without proper training, IV therapy accidents are usually caused by negligence or medical malpractice that could produce devastating lifelong consequences. In addition, any injury to the skin and surrounding tissue can cause significant health issues that must be addressed appropriately by skilled medical professionals.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim or Lawsuit After a Complication Related to an IV
Most victims who have suffered a severe case of IV infiltration can seek monetary compensation through medical malpractice claims or lawsuits to hold those negligent accountable for their actions.
Skilled attorneys can build a strong case, proving negligence when the patient suffers severe medical complications caused by inadequate monitoring, improper placement, defective small catheter needle, or IV complications. Some of these include:
- Necrosis (tissue death) when surrounding affected tissue dies from IV infiltration
- Compartment syndrome, leading to severe pain and discomfort
- Air embolism that could kill the patient
- Overloading fluids
- Loss of limb function at the affected site
- Nerve damage caused by IV therapy
- Permanent or long-lasting neurological disorder
- Necrotic tissue-associated amputation
- Spinal cord injury including quadriplegia or paraplegia
- Deep punctures rupturing veins or causing permanent damage to the patient's vein, artery, or tissue surrounding the injection site
- Intravenous therapy delivering the wrong medication or overmedication
- A severe infection that could lead to septic shock, sepsis, or death
Injured patients with severe injuries and surviving family members who lost a loved one through wrongful death can file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the healthcare facility, doctors, and nursing staff to recover their damages.
Typically, these cases are resolved with sufficient funds to pay for medical expenses, hospitalization costs, lost wages, future lost earnings, lost familial support, pain, and suffering.
IV Malpractice Awards$210,000 Settlement; IV Malpractice; Chicago, Illinois
The 1½-year-old victim of IV negligence was hospitalized for numerous conditions. The emergency room staff treated the boy using an IV procedure, yet they did not adequately monitor the appropriate IV site.
The young victim suffered burns across his hand, forearm, and wrists, sustaining scarring and other injuries. As a result, his parents filed a civil lawsuit against the facility, alleging that staff members were negligent and committed medical malpractice.
Following this claim, they illustrated the boy's damages that were directly caused by that negligence: disfigurement, pain, suffering, medical costs, and related losses. Thus, the fault in this dispute was undeniably on the defendants' shoulders.
The family sought the more manageable confines of settlement to fix the scope of damages. At the end of those discussions, the boy received $210,000 in compensation for his damages to resolve his IV malpractice case.
$30,000 Settlement; IV Malpractice; Cook County, Illinois
The parents of a two-year-old boy filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after their child was severely burned due to the negligent operation of intravenous injections. The IV infiltration mishap occurred when he was being treated at a Chicago-area hospital.
The medical error caused great harm, requiring the little boy to undergo a surgical skin graft implant to correct the damage. While most of the harm was superficial, there was apparent disfigurement. Fortunately, there was minimal nerve damage.
His parents brought a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital, complaining about the defendants' failures and citing the boy's pain, scarring, and medical bills to prove their negligence.
After the defendant filed a summary reply, both sides began discussing the possibility of a negotiated settlement. The case was eventually settled for $30,000 out of court.
$1,000,000 Settlement; IV Malpractice; Cook County, Illinois
A male patient in his early 50s filed a civil lawsuit after experiencing several injuries while staying at a local hospital stemming from medical malpractice involving IV mishandling.
The patient experienced IV infiltration, chemical burning, and extravasation. As a result, his physicians mitigated his injuries by performing numerous surgeries and other treatments to lessen his malpractice-related injuries.
The male patient experienced intense pain and discomfort, displaying scarring and other disfigurements across his body caused by negligence. As a result, the man filed a civil lawsuit against the staff and facility for maltreatment, alleging they were negligent in their IV usage and treatment.
The patient listed various damages stemming from the negligence, including tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills along with his pain, scarring, and emotional harm. However, the defendants gave little response as a defense in court and failed to offer a conclusion to the judge and jury.
As a result of a lack of evidence, the defendants agreed to a negotiated settlement of $1 million in financial compensation to account for their IV infiltration malpractice dispute.
$225,000 Settlement; IV Malpractice; Chicago, Illinois
An eight-month-old girl experienced a nightmare stay while receiving care at a Chicago-area hospital when the medical team gave her dextrose 50% through an IV catheter line. Unfortunately, the nursing staff provided negligent care while overlooking her IV, leading to severe injuries due to IV infiltration.
Surgeons performed a fasciotomy to correct some of the damage, although much of the scarring was left behind. The family incurred nearly $10,000 in medical expenses. In addition, the child experienced tremendous pain and the burden of disfigurement, and long-term suffering.
The young child's parents filed a civil lawsuit against the facility, nursing staff, and other personnel, alleging that the defendants harmed their child through medical malpractice. The documents reveal that the defendants failed to take various steps to avoid IV infiltration, medical overdose, and other serious missteps.
Both sides agreed to a private settlement, where the defendant offered to resolve the case for $225,000 to avoid litigation.
Get Legal Help from a Personal Injury Attorney to Resolve Your Medical Malpractice Claim
If you, or a loved one, have suffered an IV infiltration injury, you are likely eligible to receive compensation. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC specializes in medical malpractice cases, including IV infiltration claims.
Many of our clients have suffered severe preventable medical complications. Our experienced legal team can investigate every cause of your injury, evaluate your case and determine what parties are responsible.
Our hospital malpractice attorneys can help you pursue your financial claim to ensure you are compensated for your damages. Call us at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or use the contact form today to schedule a free consultation. Let us protect your right to receive maximum compensation and hold the negligent party accountable.
Surviving family members who lost a loved one through medical errors can seek financial compensation by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Qualifying family members typically include spouses, children, parents, and grandparents who need compensation to pay for medical costs, funeral & burial expenses, lost wages, and future lost earnings.
We accept all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you owe us nothing if we cannot obtain compensation for your damages. In addition, all confidential or sensitive information you share with our medical malpractice law office remains private through an attorney-client relationship.
- National Institute of Health – Detection of Intravenous Infiltration
- Intravenous Infiltration Complications
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