Nerve Injury caused by IV Infiltratoin and Venipuncture

Permanent nerve damage to the hand is one of the most common medical complications resulting from the negligent insertion of IV devices by medical practitioners in hospital and clinics across the country. Parties which may be liable for such injuries may including the hospital staff including registered nurses, medical doctors (practicing physicians / residents) and the hospital itself for negligent hiring and training practices. Victims of medical malpractice are entitled to full and just recovery for their injuries including hospitalization costs, lost wages and loss of income as well as pain and suffering. To speak with an attorney regarding the filing of a possible claim contact our Law Firm (855)385-2529

Peripheral Nerve Injury caused by Venipuncture -or Insertion of IV solution into the arms or hands:

Nerve injuries due to venipuntcure mishaps can be permanent resulting in the complete or partial loss of sensation, loss of motor function in the hands and arms and in some cases extreme long term pain. Nerves in the arms and hands are extremely susceptible to damage and are connected to the brain via the spinal cord providing the hand and arms with sensation and the ability to move. There are three degrees or classifications of nerve damage, neuropaxia, axonotmesis, and neurotmesis.  The most severe types of nerve damage can result in the complete lacerations of the axons of the nerve requiring extensive medical intervention including revision surgery. Other treatments for nerve damage may include

  • Physical therapy including rehabilitation
  • Message therapy and Acupuncture
  • The use of medication
  • Nerve Graft surgery
  • Nerve transfer surgery

Sadly in some instance the nerves that have sustained extreme damages cannot be repaired sufficiently via the use of therapy or surgical methods. These patients will have to withstand permanent pain, discomfort and the loss of mobility to arms and hands.

Other Injuries Caused by the Negligent Insertion of IV’s and Venipunture: In many instances victims of IV insertion malpractice experience multiple medical complications other that nerve damage. Other severe complications may include

  • CRPS – complex regional pain syndrome
  • Air embolism
  • Neurotoxicity
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Serious infection

Filing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Medical Malpractice claims can be challenging requiring expert knowledge of the law as well a caring nature for clients who have suffered greatly. Our law firm is dedicated to protecting the legal rights of those who have suffered from the medical negligence of hospitals, nurses and practicing medical doctors. To speak to an attorney regarding your claim contact our  Law Offices at (855)385-2529. All consultations with our litigators is free of charge.


today, I got my regular, every-2-months remicaide infusion at my rheumatologist’s office for a disabling case of arthritis. it went badly this time. the doc said the infusion was “blown” or the vein was “blown.” I caught it, not them. (I think you call this infiltration?) they terminated the infusion, and apparently none too soon: i got a misshapen small baseball-sized lump near my left bicep. I have no severe symptoms.: only some pain, and the swelling. the doc gave me anti-inflammatory samples and sent me home. my concern is, can there be damage from this that can manifest itself later? I know you’re not doctors. but one of my questions is, if I were your client, what kind of specialist would you send me to for diagnosis on this, if any? thanks!


Can chronic nerve damage be caused from botched up vein surgery. If so how to prove? This bain continues for 8 months, actually getting worse!!


My name is Kate.
My son had CT scan in the hospital that I work.
The radiologist who performed the procedure put the contrast in his leg vein which did not have a blood return.
When the contrast was injected through the mal working vein, my son shouted to say he was in pain but they did not stop
infusing the contrast through his vein.
The contrast was infiltrated in his leg muscle and damaged a nerve.
In the consequency, his leg is disabled. He cannot feel anything on his leg and cannot walk, cannot band ankle
with severe pain, redness, swelling.
I am really desparated.
He will be graduating dental school in 2-3 months.
But with this disability, he might not be able to graduate the dental school since he requires to have experiences certain patients who he can
see now with this incident.
My complaints are
The doctor did not explain the possibility of this result to my son.
The doctor did not get consent from my son about the possible side reaction of the infilration of the contrast.
The technician in the radiologic department did not see blood return from the IV site but still they pushed the contrast.
When the contrast started infusing , my son shouted and asked them ” It hurts ” more than three times but they continued to push the contrast.
If it hurts, it means the contrast in not going into the vein. If it is going into the vein, it will not be hurt.

If the result is just minor , I will not complain since my son is a student of this hospital and I am a worker here.

But the result is too big lost .
He might not be able to perform his job and he might not be able to have a job with his disability.
An orthopedist said that his perioneal nerve is sleeping and takes long to go back to normal.
But when I researched the perioneal nerve damage, the result is not that optimistic.
Please help us



Had a triple lumen catheter placed for surgery on June 15. Complained to several nurses that my thigh was swollen and numb,they acted as if there was no problem. And continued to use this site. When it was taken out on discharge,it was still numb and painful if pressure was applied in some areas. Here it is July 3 and I am suffering more pain from this leg more than my surgery leg. I need to know if I have a case,can you represent in Louisiana,if not please refer me.


Hi, I went to the hospital about 6 weeks ago and after they put an IV on me and My hand and arms are really numb. My hand and arms feels like asleep. Still waiting on getting better but no luck. I hope it’s not a permanent damage. What should I do?

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