We often get calls from people who have surgery and when they wake up, they have damage to the nerves in their arm. They want to know what happened.
In some cases, this nerve damage is the result of medical malpractice on the part of the surgical team in the way a patient is positioned on the operating table. It can also result in a failure to notice that the arm has dropped off the padding.
The ulnar nerve, which runs along the elbow is vulnerable to injury if there is positioning or monitoring malpractice. Once a patient is under anesthesia, they have no way to feel that the nerve is being pinched, squeezed, compressed or stretched.
Some nerve injuries get better right away but some are permanent. It usually takes one year to determine whether a nerve injury will be permanent.
If you or someone you know has a permanent nerve injury after surgery, please call us toll free at 1-800-299-HURT. Or you can fill out our contact form on this page or on any page on our website.
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