Doctors use cold therapy devices to circulate cold water around feet, knees, and shoulders following surgery. However, if used for too long, these cold therapy systems can lead to permanent nerve damage and chronic pain.
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Doctors usually prescribe cold therapy devices to patients following surgery or serious injury, but the devices come with very little instruction about recommended temperatures or length of treatment.
Because of existing nerve damage or desensitization from prior surgery or injury, the person may not feel how cold the pad is on their skin. Nerve and skin damage then occurs. This damage can also occur in people who use the product as recommended.
Cold Therapy Nerve Damage Injuries
Cold therapy patients have suffered severe injuries to the ankles, feet, wrists, hands, shoulders, and knees as a result. Nerve damage injuries typically fall into two categories:
- Nerve damage – Objective tests, such as the electromyelogram (EMG) test, can be performed to confirm damage in absence of visible injury.
- Nerve and skin damage – Skin damage will have visible injuries, such as frostbite
Do I have a Cold Therapy Nerve Damage Lawsuit?
The Personal Injury & Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in cold therapy & cryotherapy nerve damage lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Free Cold Therapy Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has experienced nerve damage or other serious side effect after using a cold therapy device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.