Legal Recourse for Victims of Priapism Caused by Medical Malpractice
Sensitive representation for men dealing with erectile dysfunction as a result of negligent medical treatment by Kentucky physicians
For some men, erectile dysfunction can be an early symptom an underlying, more serious condition. When a man who is suffering with erectile dysfunction visits his doctor, they might discuss all of the remedies that are available now for treatment, which would depend on the man’s health and what might be causing the condition. Among the various options available that include oral medications such as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra, there are medications that can be injected into the penis when those oral medications do not improve the quality of a man’s erections. Medications such as alprostadil, papaverine and phenoxybenzamine can be injected into the side of the penis and can trigger an erection within a few minutes. However, these drugs come with the dangerous potential side effect of priapism, which could cause the man to be impotent for the rest of his life.
The legal team at Crandall & Pera Law represents the interests of those men who are now permanently impotent because of the negligent use of penile injections. From our offices in Kentucky, we help our clients obtain compensation for their injuries.
What is priapism?
Priapism is a relatively rare disorder, but it is a medical emergency when it occurs. It is a prolonged erection (lasting for more than four hours) that is involuntary and not brought about by sexual stimulation. When priapism occurs, the blood is not able to drain out of the penis, as is the normal occurrence after an erection. For the best chance of fully functioning recovery early treatment is vital.
If a man does not seek immediate medical attention for an erection that lasts longer than four hours, the blood vessels and tissues within the penis can be damaged permanently. This could lead to a man becoming impotent for the rest of his life.
The consequences of medical negligence
When a doctor prescribes penile injections for men whose erectile dysfunction does not require such drastic treatment that doctor places those men at high risk for priapism, which can lead to infections, deformities of the penis and permanent damage to the sensitive blood vessels within the penis leading to permanent impotence.
If a doctor fails to warn the patient of the serious risk of priapism as a potential side effect of the injections, and if the doctor does not inform the patient about what steps to take should priapism occur after the treatment, the doctor could be committing medical malpractice.
At Crandall & Pera Law we understand what a sensitive topic this can be and we know that you may be frustrated and angry due to your doctor’s negligent actions. We invite you to discuss your case with our experienced attorneys who are discreet, who will listen to your story and who can advise you of the best course of action given the facts of your case. Our medical malpractice attorneys are helping clients in Kentucky to seek justice after having been injured at the hands of a negligent physician.
Fighting for the rights of those injured due to medical malpractice
A doctor has a duty of care to his or her patients. When that duty has been breached, Crandall & Pera Law is there to protect the rights of the victims. If you were prescribed penile injections to treat your erectile dysfunction, and have been rendered impotent as a result, we want to help. Please call 877.686.8879 or fill out our contact form to meet with us in one of our Kentucky law offices.