Lidocaine is a type of medication that is used for numbing tissues in a targeted area. It is sometimes known as xylocaine or lignocaine. The substance is sometimes used for other purposes, such as blocking nerve signals or to address certain heart rhythm issues. Like other drugs and medications, Lidocaine can be associated with various side effects and health risks. These can include:
- Central nervous system (CNS) symptoms, including nervousness, anxiety, and agitation;
- Cardiovascular side effects like arrhythmia, hypotension, or cardiac arrest;
- Respiratory risks like respiratory depression or bronchial spasm; and/or
- Various other injury and health risks.
In addition, there have been instances where products that contain lidocaine have had issues with child-proofing of the containers, which can lead to pediatric poisoning cases.
Who Can be Held Liable for an Injury Caused by Lidocaine?
Lidocaine injuries can vary from case to case, and may involve different factors. Depending on the case, various parties might be held liable. In some cases, a doctor or physician may be held liable for a medication error. An example of this is where the medical professional administers the wrong dose of Lidocaine, or if they negligently prescribing medicines that have contraindications with Lidocaine. In such cases, they may be held liable under medical malpractice laws.
In other cases, manufacturers of Lidocaine may be held liable for injuries that are caused by a product defect. An example of this is where the manufacturer mislabels the product, causing an injury or reaction due to the misinformation. As mentioned, issues with child-proof packaging can cause injuries as well. These can result in liability under product defect laws.
What are the Legal Remedies for a Lawsuit?
Legal remedies in a Lidocaine lawsuit will typically involve some form of compensatory damages award to compensate the injured party. The damages may cover losses like medical expenses, hospital visit costs, rehabilitation expenditures, pain and suffering, and other costs.
In some cases, a Lidocaine recall may be issued if there are widespread problems that may affect many consumers.
Should I Hire a Lawyer for a Lidocaine Lawsuit?
Lidocaine lawsuits can be complex and may require the assistance of a legal professional. It may be in your best interests to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need representation. Your attorney will be able to advise you on how to proceed and can represent you in court.