Can I Sue for Foot Drop? The Answer May Surprise You
Surgery by its very nature is considered a high risk medical procedure. However, surgeons are required to undergo extensive training and monitoring for over 15 years in order to leave no room for error. Foot drop after surgery is an unfortunate consequence of surgery gone wrong where nerves are affected during the procedure, leaving an individual unable to move the front of their foot, leading to difficulty walking and a long recovery period.
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Foot drop or drop foot refers to an inability to lift your foot’s front part. This is a weakness that can be traced to damaged nerves, and causes tingling, burning or numbness in the affected foot.
Foot drop typically affects people who have undergone:
- Knee surgery
- Hip surgery
- Leg surgery
- Back surgery
What Nerve Is Affected Leading to Foot Drop?
The nerve affected is the peroneal nerve which starts from the back of the knee, goes around and runs down the shin in order to control movement to a person’s lower foot, leg and toes on each side. Foot drop usually happens when there is trauma on the nerve, or as a result of a compression injury. During surgery, feet are placed in a compressed and tight place so the surgeons can operate in an error-free manner. Compression injury leads to the breakdown of the blood-nerve barrier, leading to inflammation and swelling and the subsequent destruction of a part of said nerve. While steroid medication and decompression surgery may help, most people unfortunately go on to suffer from foot drop for a long time because nerves don’t fully return to their original state after suffering an injury of this kind.
Here are the symptoms of foot drop:
- Numbness and buzzing starting from your knees all the way to your toes
- Muscle weakness and atrophy in your leg area
- Swinging of one’s hips while walking in an attempt to spread mass of the foot
- Your toes may slap against the ground from time to time
- Not being able to life your affected foot or the top of the toes
- Dragging of one’s feet
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Surgeons, like all doctors, owe you a duty of care. This means that they should do what is reasonably possible and expected of them during surgery to avoid causing nerve damage. Should you suffer nerve damage complications, negligence must be apportioned on the surgeon or the hospital, a legal construct which is compensable under medical malpractice and personal injury law. If you suffered surgery complications leading to your foot drop condition, you may be eligible for various classes of compensation. Need more info? Call us NOW to speak with us for FREE: (773) 906-4833. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.