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Medical malpractice damages, such as injuries caused by a stent, can leave the victim with substantial physical and mental trauma, hefty hospital bills, and potential long-term side effects. There are many risks associated with stenting, including blood clots and infections. If your doctor was negligent when performing this surgical procedure, you may be entitled to compensation for any resulting injury.
Zinda Law Group injury attorneys are here to answer any questions you have regarding your unique personal injury claim, and we have the experience and ability necessary to help guide you through each step of the legal process. Zinda Law Group attorneys are nationwide and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for our clients. Contact us today at (800) 863-5312 for your free consultation; you will not be expected to pay attorney fees or related costs unless we are successful in winning your case.
what is a stent and how is it placed?
Stents are devices that a doctor may place in a patient’s blocked passageway, such as an artery, to help keep it opened. The stent should then restore the flow of blood, or other fluids, depending on where it is placed inside the body. Stents may be placed in the bile duct, bronchi, ureters, or in a blocked coronary artery while performing a coronary angioplasty.
A coronary angioplasty is a medical procedure used to open the patient’s clogged heart arteries. Most individuals who have an angioplasty will also have a stent placed in their blocked artery, or arteries, at the same time as their surgical procedure.
A stent resembles a tiny coil of wire mesh, which supports the walls of the patient’s arteries. This medical tool is meant to help prevent the artery from re-narrowing after the angioplasty.
The following are the steps taken in order to place a stent while performing a coronary angioplasty:
- 1. The stent is first collapsed around a balloon and is guided through the patient’s artery to the blockage.
- 2. Once the blockage is reached, the balloon is inflated and the stent expands, locking it into place inside of the patient’s artery.
- 3. The stent will remain in the patient’s artery in order to hold it open and to improve the blood flow to the heart; more than one stent may be needed in certain cases.
- 4. Once the stent is in place, the balloon is deflated and removed.
After the stent is properly in place, X-rays will be taken to determine whether the patient’s blood is moving properly through the newly widened artery; your doctor may then prescribe certain medications to reduce the chance of blood clots forming along the newly placed stent. Injuries to the patient may still occur, however, especially if the doctor acted negligently during, or after, the procedure. If you have faced medical issues due to a recently placed stent, contact a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your potential lawsuit.
Risks Associated with Stent Placements
As with any surgical procedure, there are certain risks associated with placing a stent. Complications with this procedure may occur both during and after the surgery and can cause serious injury to the patient. Examples of the risks associated with placing a stent may include:
Reactions to the dye used in the procedure. During a stent procedure, the doctor will use a dye to show the blood vessels in an X-ray; in certain cases, the patient may develop an allergic reaction to this dye. Serious allergies may result in kidney damage.
Complications associated with catheters. Catheters are used during the stent placing procedure. Complications, such as bleeding or discomfort, may occur during the insertion of the catheter; the nearby blood vessels may also become damaged due to the use of the catheter.
Blood clots. Blood clotting is an extremely serious complication that may occur due to a stent injury or placement; blood clots can lead the victim to suffer a heart attack, stroke, or thromboembolism to another part of the body.
Chest pain. After a stent has been placed, the patient’s arteries may begin to narrow again, a phenomenon referred to as “restenosis.” Restenosis is caused by abnormal tissue growth and may cause chest pain in the patient; treatment of restenosis involves both an angioplasty and the use of another stent.
Stent failure. There are many different reasons why a stent may fail; this includes improper placement, mechanical failure, or by a moving stent graft. Stent grafts, which are used to treat aortic aneurysms, sometimes move from their placed positions, causing the stent to break; this break may lead to a blood leakage out of the graph, causing the patient to experience the same symptoms they felt prior to getting the stent.
Although the patient may assume some of these risks when agreeing to the procedure, there are some things the patient does not consent to. Examples of claims that may nullify the healthcare professional’s “assumption of the risk” defense may include:
- Violation of the reasonable standard of care
- Gross, wanton, or reckless conduct
- Failure to fully explain the risks to the patient
- Physician mistakes or incompetence
- Failure to receive adequate consent from the patient
If you have suffered from an injury after receiving a stent and believe you may have a medical malpractice claim, contact an experienced injury attorney as soon as possible. At Zinda Law Group, our medical malpractice lawyers have the ability to investigate your case, determine who was at fault, and fight on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
can i afford a stent injury attorney?
Before bringing your claim, you may be wondering if you can afford top quality legal representation in your area. Medical malpractice claims can be difficult to prove, time consuming, and an overall daunting experience. At Zinda Law Group, we understand that you may be saddled with high medical costs, therapy bills, and other related financial stresses.
That is why we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay us any attorney fees or costs unless we win your case. We believe our clients should not have to worry about affording a high-quality injury attorney on top of their other expenses; working on a contingency fee basis gives our team an added incentive to work quickly, strategically, and aggressively on each case that we take. Hiring an injury attorney with experience in medical malpractice cases may help reduce your stress and increase your chances of receiving compensation for your physical and mental damages.
how long do i have to file a personal injury lawsuit?
If you have been injured due to the negligence or intentional actions of a doctor or other entity, you may be able to file a lawsuit to recoup compensation for your physical injury, mental anguish, or medical expenses. You must file your personal injury claim on time, however, or you may be barred from receiving any kind of compensation. Hiring a medical malpractice injury attorney who can help you file your claim on time may help put your mind at ease.
The legal time limit you have to file your claim is also known as the “statute of limitations.” The statute of limitations varies from claim to claim and from state to state, so be sure to discuss your potential case with your stent injury lawyer as soon as possible following your incident. Below are examples of the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in some of the states Zinda Law Group practices in:
- Colorado: 3 years if your claim involves a motor vehicle; 2 years if there is no motor vehicle involved
- Texas: 2 years
- Arizona: 2 years
It is important to note that the statute of limitations begins at the date the injury occurred. For example, if you were injured in Arizona on January 1, 2021, you will have until January 1, 2023 to file your claim. Zinda Law Group injury attorneys have the ability and resources to help you file your stent injury claim on time, so contact our team today to discuss your case and your legal rights.
Call an experienced zinda law group Personal injury lawyer today to discuss your stent injury claim
Medical malpractice claims can be extremely complicated; that is why our knowledgeable and experienced injury attorneys are here for you and your family each step of the way. We have the ability to negotiate with insurance companies and fight for you in court to get you the compensation you may be entitled to. Our team of skilled injury attorneys is dedicated to each one of our clients and we give every case the individualized attention it deserves, working efficiently and aggressively to get fast, favorable results.
Zinda Law Group attorneys are here for you and your family through this difficult time, happy to help guide you through the entire legal process as you seek the maximum amount of compensation available in your case. Contact Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 for your 100% free consultation. You will not pay us a thing unless we are successful in winning your case; that is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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