Advocating For Clients When Penile Injections Go Wrong
Ohio medical malpractice lawyers represent men diagnosed with priapism
Men with erectile dysfunction usually have some other underlying medical problems. Good doctors will try to determine the core medical condition and treat the condition with the right medical treatment. Doctors may first give a man one of the newer drugs to treat erectile dysfunction such as Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra.
When oral medications fail, physicians may treat the problem by injecting medications into the penis. The patient may also be told how to inject the medication into the penis himself. Medications such as alprostadil, papaverine, and phenoxybenzamine and papaverine are used for injections. Many people know these drugs and similar drugs by the more common names of bi-mix, tri-mix, quad-mix, or edex. But these injectables can also cause priapism, which can make a man impotent for life.
The Ohio medical malpractice attorneys at Crandall & Pera Law fight for sufferers of priapism due to negligent penile injections. Our lawyers work with Registered Nurses and doctors to determine whether there was medical malpractice. If there was medical error, our personal injury lawyers sue to get the victims of the bad injections the compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering that the patient deserves. We serve people just like you in Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Chagrin Falls, and Chesterland, and in the surrounding areas.
What is priapism?
Priapism is a medical condition, often painful, in which the patient’s penis does not return to its normal relaxed state after four hours. In low-flow priapism, blood does not properly flow from the penis back to the rest of the body. High-flow priapism involves problems with the body’s vascular system. Sexual arousal does not cause priapism. Early treatment of priapism is essential. Otherwise, a man with priapism can have permanent damage to tissue and blood vessels in the penis, which can lead to impotency.
Why penile injections are dangerous
Many doctors are overprescribing penile injections when medications or searching for the real cause of the erectile dysfunction would be better. Doctors who prescribe penile injections are also putting their patient at risk for infection and deformities of the penis.
Surgeries other than injections that may be able to help with erectile dysfunction include repairing the tissue and blood vessels in the penis or having a penile implant.
When are penile injections medical malpractice?
For starters, doctors know the risk of priapism when prescribing penile injections. Not only doctors, but the pharmaceutical companies that make the drugs used in penile injections, have an obligation to warn the patient about the possibility of priapism and impotency. Malpractice also includes failing to inform the penile implant patient that if they develop priapism they should seek medical attention immediately with an urologist or at the closest emergency room. Quick attention to priapism can help mitigate the damage.
Crandall & Pera Law attorneys fight for patients who suffer due to penile injections
The Ohio medical malpractice attorneys at the law office of Crandall & Pera Law hold doctors accountable who prescribe penile injections when other remedies would be better, or who fail to advise the patient about the dangers of priapism. We have empathy for men who can no longer enjoy one of the pleasures of life. If you suffer from priapism because of an act of medical negligence, please call our office at 877-686-8879 or complete our contact form. We serve Ohio clients in Chagrin Falls, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, and the nearby regions.