There are two types of lymphedema: primary and secondary lymphedema. While primary lymphedema is an unavoidable condition that is generally present at birth, you can take preventive measures to reduce your risk of developing secondary lymphedema, which is generally caused after a surgical procedure.
But if you are nevertheless diagnosed with secondary lymphedema, you should contact an attorney who specializes in filing lymphedema lawsuits as you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
List of Preventive Measures
Below is a list of steps you should consider taking to help reduce your risk for developing secondary lymphedema, especially if you are at risk for this type of medical condition:
- You should keep the affect extremity, generally the arm or leg, elevated above heart level.
- You should avoid tight garments or jewelry.
- You should never apply a heating pad to the affected area.
- You should refrain from use of hot tubs, steam baths, etc.
- You should keep yourself adequately hydrated.
- If your affected area is the arm, you should not carry a heavy purse or any other heavy item using that arm.
- Always practice thorough and careful skin hygiene.
Although taking the important steps above will help reduce the likelihood of you developing secondary lymphedema, it is not an absolute guarantee. If you nevertheless are diagnosed with this lifelong medical condition, you should contact a New York lymphedema lawsuit attorney as you may be entitled to money damages.
Call an Experienced Lymphedema Lawsuit Attorney
If you or a loved one suffers from lymphedema that was caused by a medical procedure that involved the reckless or negligent actions of healthcare professionals, you should contact the New York lymphedema lawsuit attorneys at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. at (800) 529-9997. We have the experience and resources to hold the responsible parties liable and get you the full compensation that you deserve.