woman with carpal tunnel wrist pain

Carpel tunnel syndrome is a condition that effects the nerves in the wrist and can cause pain, numbness, and stiffness in the wrist and hands. It is the most common nerve compression disorder that effects the hands. The condition frequently occurs among individuals who use their hands to perform repetitive motions at work, such as typing, factory assembly, and driving. Many people who experience carpal tunnel syndrome seek treatment, including surgical intervention. In fact, surgical treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common surgery of the hand and wrist, with over 460,000 carpal tunnel releases performed in the U.S. each year. After these surgeries, some patients continue to have symptoms or frequent, ongoing pain in their hands. Many of these patients decide to file medical malpractice lawsuits as a result. The most common reasons for these malpractice lawsuits include injuries to nerves during the procedure, persistent pain and numbness in the hands, swelling of the wrist and hand, and stiffness of the hands after the surgery. If you have been injured after the mistake of a doctor, you should contact an experienced Rhode Island medical malpractice lawyer who can evaluate your case.

What is Medical Malpractice?

carpal tunnel patient with hand in cast

Suffering an injury after a surgical procedure does not always mean that medical malpractice has occurred. Medical malpractice happens when a doctor or health care provider makes a mistake in the course of treatment that causes injury to a patient. Doctors are held to a certain standard of conduct due to the importance of the work they do. When treatment provided to a patient falls below that standard and causes injury, medical malpractice has occurred. For example, this can happen when a doctor fails to follow the appropriate protocol during a surgical procedure or fails to provide the right follow-up care after a surgery.

What Types of Side Effects Are Common After Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

The symptoms that are common after a carpal tunnel release surgery are often very similar to the symptoms the patient had prior to the surgery. These can include pain, numbness, a burning sensation, swelling, and stiffness in the wrist and/or hand. Sometimes these symptoms are normal and will go away after the healing period. However, sometimes these symptoms can signify a problem or that something may not be healing right. It is important that your treating doctor takes the correct actions in following up with you and making sure that your post-surgical needs are taken care of. Here is a list of common symptoms to look out for:

  • Burning sensation
  • Swelling
  • Changes in skin color
  • Bleeding
  • Oozing from the surgical site
  • Stiffness of the hand
  • Severe pain in hands/wrist
  • Ongoing numbness/tingling

Contact an Experienced Rhode Island Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today!

If you or a loved one has been injured by the mistake of a doctor or health care provider in Rhode Island, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. We work with experienced medical malpractice lawyers who charge no fee until you get a settlement or award. Call us 24/7 toll free at 1-(508) 715-3134. You may also fill out a contact form online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.

carpal tunnel Victim meeting with their Personal Injury Attorney