Foot Drop and Illinois Medical Malpractice Cases
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Foot drop is a condition that affects a person's ability to lift their foot at the ankle. The front part of the foot can't be lifted and may drag on the ground when person walks. A person with foot drop, also called drop foot, might compensate by lifting their knee high when walking to prevent dragging.
Foot drop can be caused by nerve damage, or a secondary condition such as a nerve, muscle or brain disorder. Nerve damage can be a complication of surgery. It can be damaged accidentally by the surgeon or be affected by too much direct pressure if a patient's position isn't correct during an operation. If you've recently had surgery and are experiencing tingling, numbness or paralysis in your foot, combined with an inability to walk correctly, it might be foot drop. Foot drop can often be diagnosed by observing how someone walks, but your doctor might order testing as well.
Foot drop can be temporary or permanent. Treatment of the underlying neurological disorder is often the goal, but therapy, nerve stimulation and surgery can be recommended, as well, especially where the case is nerve injury. Some people wear a brace to hold their foot in the right position.
If foot drop was caused by the negligence of a doctor or other healthcare provider, you may have a case for medical malpractice. Misdiagnosis, delay in treatment or injury during surgery can all indicate medical malpractice. Talking to an experienced medical malpractice attorney is the best way to know if your foot drop was the result of medical malpractice. Your attorney should consult with a medical expert to get a better idea of what your doctor should have done, if anything, to prevent or treat your condition. Time is of the essence. If you wait to long your case will be forever barred.
In Illinois, that statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit is usually two years. This means that you have two years from the date you knew, or should have known, of the malpractice or injury. This deadline can come up quickly, and in some cases the deadline is shorter, so don't wait long to get legal advice. Medical malpractice attorneys charge on a contingency basis, which means that you don't pay a fee unless your case is successful. If you win at trial or in settlement, your attorney is paid a portion of what you recover. Initial consultations are free.
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