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Medical Malpractice Attorneys – Paralyzed by Doctor or Surgeon

Paralysis Caused by Medical Malpractice

Paralysis is a very serious medical condition where a person has lost feeling in, and the ability to move a group of muscles or a limb. Paralysis is caused by injury to the nerves in the spinal cord or in a nerve group after it exits the spinal cord.

Paralysis can occur as a result of a medical injury like a stroke or from a physical accident such as diving into a shallow pool, a car accident, or falling down stairs. But paralysis can also result from medical negligence or malpractice.

If a doctor failed to provide a high standard of care and you or a loved one is now paralyzed as a result, you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering.

Examples of medical malpractice causing paralysis include:

  • Surgical errors (a mistake was made during a surgical procedure that affected your spine and caused paralysis);
  • Faulty medical equipment (failures of malfunctions may cause or increase the likelihood of mistakes);
  • Misdiagnosis, delay in treatment  and mistreatment (you were given the wrong diagnosis, underwent a procedure or treatment that resulted in paralysis) or appropriate treatment was not administered on a timely basis; and
  • Negligence (someone was careless in treating your baby and did not follow standard medical practice or failed to provide the proper level of care).

Types and Degrees of Paralysis

There are many types and degrees of paralysis. Paralysis may be partial or total, and its effect may range from a single group of muscles to multiple limbs and even the entire body.

Paralysis of the legs is called paraplegia, while paralysis of both the arms and legs is called quadriplegia.

Paralysis may also affect one side of the body (hemiplegia), the same region on both sides of the body (diplegia), one limb (monoplegia), the hands and wrists, and parts of the face or neck.

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A patient who has been paralyzed as a result of medical mistakes will suffer for the wrongdoings of a careless medical professional for the rest of their life.

The risk of paralysis is a potential outcome of many procedures:  Invasive surgeries pose the greatest risks, but even procedures that are relatively low-level can cause paralysis if errors occur or equipment fails. Your doctor should explain all risks to you, as well as if the risks outweigh any potential benefits.

We rely on medical professionals to meet a certain standard of care. If the treatment you or a loved one received resulted in paralysis, that standard of care was not met. While you will need to prove that the mistake made by your medical-care provider was the actual cause of the injury (and that your injury was preventable), you may be entitled to compensation for emotional anguish and suffering, lost wages, and of course the cost of further medical treatment.

We understand that the process of suing a doctor is complicated and difficult for you.  You can rest assured knowing that our attorneys are experienced trial lawyers that will work hard to get a fair settlement for you.  If we cannot, we are prepared to fight for you in court.

Call us today at (301) 838-0199 to schedule a free initial consultation, or use the contact form provided on this site.


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