Shoulder Pain Pump Recipients: Stop, Do Not Pass Go & Get To Your Doctor

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UPDATED: Jul 16, 2021

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What should someone do if they’ve been given a pain pump after undergoing shoulder surgery? According to Jeff Milman, Jeff Milman, a California pain pump attorney whose practice focuses in the areas of personal injury and medical malpractice, the answer is stop, do not pass go and get to your doctor!

Diagnosing PAGCL

Shoulder pain pumps have been linked to a painful, and often permanent, condition known as Postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis (PAGCL). Milman explained the importance of having an orthopedic surgeon test for the disease:

If somebody knows they had a surgery that involved a shoulder joint, a knee joint or some other type of joint, they believe a pain pump was used and start to have any problems such as clicking, grinding, pain or loss of range of motion, then they need to go to their orthopedic surgeon and be checked out to, hopefully, rule out this condition known as chondrolysis.

There are a number of tests that can be done to rule out chondrolysis such as MRI studies. There are also a number of different tests that the medical community can use to determine if your shoulder joint or your knee joint is being impacted and whether the pump was a proximate cause.

Product liability / medical negligence lawsuits ongoing

Milman told us that there are hundreds of product liability and medical negligence lawsuits that are ongoing and many more are expected to be filed as injured victims realize that their shoulder conditions may be linked to pain pump usage – even if that usage was 10 years ago. He explained why someone in this situation should seek legal counsel right away:

They should go to an attorney when they first suspect that they have this condition. Each state has its own statute of limitations for medical negligence, product liability, etc. So, each state’s going to have its own specialized rules. California has a one and two-year statute, respectively. Other states have different statutes. So, once they suspect they have this condition, they should call an attorney sooner rather than later.

Milman says that most pain pump attorneys generally work on a contingency fee basis, so attorneys will routinely front the cost and recover their costs and a fee by percent upon successful completion of the case.

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