Can PICC Lines Cause Infections And Injuries During Surgery?

When a person experiences a major medical emergency or is about to undergo surgery, medical professionals will commonly use a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC). Commonly called central lines, these devices can lead to major injuries or infections if not used or maintained properly. At The Weitz Firm, LLC, we are ready to help if you have been injured due to a PICC line. Let us investigate what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve. Call us when you need a Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney.

What is a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC)?

A peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) is commonly called a central like and is used in many medical procedures. A PICC is a long, thin tube inserted into a vein in a person’s arm. This catheter is threaded through the vein until it reaches a larger vein close to the heart. The PICC is a more effective way to deliver medication, nutrition, IV fluids, and chemotherapy medications to a person who needs medical treatment.

More than five million central lines are inserted each year in the United States, making this one of the most commonly performed medical procedures. However, anyone who inserts a PICC should be trained to do so and understand the complications that can arise while inserting the PICC, while a procedure is ongoing, and after a PICC is removed.

What can happen with a central line?

There are a few ways a person can become harmed due to a PICC during surgery.

  • Accidental puncture of an artery, nerve, or tendon.
  • A clot may form around the catheter in the vein, causing swelling and pain in the arm.
  • An infection at the insertion site or enter the bloodstream.
  • The PICC can move out of position in the vein.
  • The PICC can come out if not well-secured.

If you suspect or have been informed that there was a complication with your central line, an attorney will be able to:

  • Investigate what happened by obtaining your medical records
  • Assess what damages a PICC injury or infection caused
  • Determine whether you have a medical malpractice case or not

Please note that you have two years from the date a medical mistake occurs or is discovered to file a lawsuit against negligent healthcare professional.

Let us get to work on your case immediately

If you or a loved one have been injured or gotten an infection due to a PICC (central line), seek legal assistance about your case immediately. You may be entitled to compensation, and The Weitz Firm, LLC is going to investigate your case. If the negligence of a medical provider caused your injury or infection, we will work to secure:

  • Compensation for all medical expenses related to the central line
  • Coverage of lost income and benefits if you cannot work
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Punitive damages against the healthcare provider responsible

When you need a Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.



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