A Missouri medical malpractice jury returned its verdict in favor of the plaintiff in the amount of $507,000 after a four-day trial. The defendants were a physician and her medical practice that operated a pain management clinic where the 62-year-old plaintiff sought pain management treatment due to bulging and degenerative discs in her back.
The treatment that the defendants provided the plaintiff included trigger point injections. The plaintiff alleged in her Missouri medical malpractice lawsuit that the defendant physician negligently left a one-and-one-half inch needle in her back during a trigger point injection. The defendants denied the plaintiff’s medical negligence allegations.
The Missouri medical malpractice plaintiff alleged that the needle had been left in her back since December 2009. The defendants allegedly attempted to remove the needle on five occasions but were unsuccessful in their efforts. During that time, the needle allegedly migrated six inches toward the plaintiff’s buttocks, making it move difficult to remove.
The Missouri medical malpractice jury found in favor of the plaintiff and against the defendants, finding that their medical negligence caused the plaintiff to be injured and to suffer damages. The Missouri medical malpractice jury determined that the sum of $507,000 was fair and adequate to compensate the plaintiff for the harm that she suffered. The jury’s verdict is subject to being reduced to the amount of the Missouri cap on noneconomic damages in Missouri medical malpractice cases that was in effect at the time of the plaintiff’s injury.
The defendant medical practice states on its website: “Trigger point injections are an effective treatment modality to inactivate trigger points and provide relief of symptoms from myofascial pain syndrome … Myofascial trigger points are a major cause of pain and dysfunction. They produce pain focally and in a referred pattern and often co-occur with chronic musculoskeletal pain disorders … Not all trigger points require injection or needling … However, for chronic trigger points, trigger point injection and needling is an effective treatment.”
The use of trigger point injections to treat pain is common throughout the United States and is often effective when properly performed. However, trigger point injections are associated with certain risks that must be disclosed to patients. The known risks involving trigger point injections include pneumothorax, intrathecal injection, epidural abscess, and skeletal muscle toxicity. Leaving a part of a needle in a patient’s body during a trigger point injection is exceeding rare.
If you or a family member underwent a trigger point injection and suffered unexpected harm as a result, the injury may be due to medical negligence. It is important that you promptly consult with a medical malpractice attorney in your state who may investigate your medical negligence claim for you and represent you in a medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
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