Chronic pain is a frustrating and debilitating medical condition. While diagnosis of the source of the pain followed by the appropriate treatment may ease or even end the pain, these cases may be difficult to diagnose for a number of reasons. However, there are standards doctors must meet when treating patients who suffer from chronic pain in order to ensure they do not suffer avoidable complications. When a careless doctor’s pain treatment leads to an even more desperate situation, the consequences can be tragic.
A man who began to seek treatment in 2008 for his chronic lower back pain received shots from a doctor in May and December of that year. He returned in January 2009 and received another shot, which still didn’t completely stop the pain. After that injection, a painful lump began to form at the injection site. He mentioned it to a nurse at the clinic during his next visit and was told that it was not a problem.