One of the miracles of the human body is the manner in which it sends signals that control everything from the operation of internal organs to limb movement. When healthcare providers cause damage to the brain or spinal cord, the resulting paralysis can be devastating to patients who might permanently lose the capacity to earn a living or otherwise function normally in life.
In many cases, medical professionals have to choose a course of treatment that leaves the patient alive but with physical limitations over another that may prove more damaging or even fatal. But when paralysis is the result of medical negligence, patients and their families need to hold the providers responsible for the injuries that create a lifetime of suffering and ongoing expenses.
The delicate nature of the human spine makes it highly susceptible to injury. Doctors who must perform medical procedures on or near the spine can cause injury even when they deliver a superior standard of care. Our legal team has the medical knowledge and resources to identify when an injury is caused by medical malpractice, such as:
- From childbirth — Infants can sustain brachial plexus injuries when doctors exert an unnecessary degree force during a difficult delivery process.
- During surgery — Errors during neurological or orthopedic surgery may have a higher risk of causing paralysis, but any surgical error near the spine or brain can cause irreparable damage.
- From incorrect or delayed diagnosis — Failure of a medical provider to recognize and promptly treat certain conditions, such as spinal cord disease or even stroke, can cause patients to permanently lose function.
Paralysis can affect a single muscle group or an entire region of the body. It is commonly categorized into three basic types:
- Paraplegia affects the lower part of the body, including the legs.
- Quadriplegia affects all four limbs.
- Hemiplegia affects only one side of the body.
If you have been experience paralysis due to the negligence of a healthcare provider, call Clay now! Our medical malpractice attorneys can provide an initial consultation FREE of charge to you regardless of whether you retain our services