Painter Law Firm

Lawsuit against Robert Sickler, M.D. for injuries caused by epidural steroid injection 

Painter Law Firm filed a medical malpractice lawsuit on behalf of its client against Robert Sickler, M.D., a Houston-based pain management doctor. The case is pending in the 55th District Court of Harris County, Texas, Cause No. 2013-46679, and arises from the pain management care that Dr. Sickler provided to Stephanie Stephens in February 2012.

In the Fall of 2011, Ms. Stephens, a school teacher, saw Dr. Sickler about back pain. Dr. Sickler recommended transforaminal epidural steroid injections.

The standard of care requires the pain management doctor to inject the pain-relieving steroid medication into the epidural space of the patient's spinal cord. If the doctor does not use the proper, standard techniques, he or she can inject it into the patient's spinal cord itself, a spinal nerve or other structures that can cause devastating disabilities to the patient.

As soon as Ms. Stephens awoke from anesthesia in February 2012, when Dr. Sickler performed a transforaminal epidural steroid injection on the lumbar area of her spine, she knew something was wrong. She could not move or feel her legs. Although some sensation returned, her feet and legs were numb. She has been diagnosed with permanent injury to both of her L5 (lumbar) nerves. These many months later, Ms. Stephens still has difficulty with balance, pain and numbness in her legs and feet, which causes her to fall on occasion. 

Painter Law Firm retained Edson Parker, M.D., who is dual board certified in anesthesiology and pain management, to review the medical records and write a report about the care that Dr. Sickler provided to Ms. Stephens. Dr. Parker found that Dr. Sickler's injection technique caused the injuries, but that the pain management doctor was also negligent for over-sedating his patient during the procedure. When a patient is not over-sedated, he or she can tell the doctor when there is pain, which provides important feedback that prevents injecting the medication into the wrong place, which can have such dire results.

Attorney Robert Painter said, "Texas law requires medical malpractice plaintiffs to serve an expert report on any defendant within 120 days of filing a lawsuit. If a plaintiff fails to do so, the case will be dismissed and the plaintiff will have to pay the other side's attorney's fees." This is another reason why it is so important for people who have been injured by medical malpractice to hire attorneys who have significant experience in handling medical malpractice cases.

If you or someone you care about has been injured because of an injection by a pain management doctor, please contact us for a free consultation at 281-580-8800.

Additional Resources

Original Petition filed on August 8, 2013


0 comments  |  add yours

Robert Painter is an attorney and member of Painter Law Firm PLLC.

Opinions expressed on Painter Law Firm are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect those of Painter Law Firm. Opinions and comments do not establish an attorney-client relationship.
Read More from Painter Law Firm

Infections in skilled nursing or rehabilitation facilities can be deadly

Video from Houston ABC 13 on stroke lawsuit against Houston Methodist Hospital

Binti Lee will never speak the same after a Houston hospital misdiagnosed her stroke

Large teaching hospitals in medical centers rely on young, inexperienced doctors

Robert Painter named to Texas Bar Journal Board of Editors

Lawsuit: Medication error by Dr. Bryan Blonder & CVS causes patient death

Lawsuit: The Methodist Hospital ignores stroke symptoms and causes permanent brain injury

Lawsuit: St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital pain killer overmedication causes patient death

Robert Painter receives Houston Bar Association President's Award

Better Business Bureau recognizes Painter Law Firm with Pinnacle Award

About Robert Painter

Robert Painter is an attorney and member of Painter Law Firm PLLC.

Get updates by email

Painter Firm Highlights

Painter Firm Hightlights

New on Painter Law Firm