Living with paralysis caused by medical malpractice imposes a significant physical, emotional, and financial strain on a victim and their family. No matter the precise cause of paralysis, if it occurred due to medical negligence, you can seek justice and compensation for suffering damage caused by the negligent medical professionals. Keep reading to learn more about the types of paralysis, and reach out to the Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek for further information and assistance.
In medical malpractice cases, paralysis is often brought on by an illness going untreated and/or negligent management of an existing injury. Common causes of paralysis include childbirth, misdiagnosis of injury, and surgical errors. When a doctor makes mistakes during these events, the resulting injury to the patient can cause paralysis. Mistakes during childbirth, for example, can cause nerve damage to the mother and/or brain damage to the child. During spinal cord surgeries, even the slightest error can cause the patient to become paralyzed.
Paralysis is a general term used to describe the loss of movement ability or sensation to some part of the body. More specific terms help denote the severity of the condition and areas of the body affected. In your medical malpractice case, it will be necessary to assess the type of paralysis you or your loved one is dealing with to establish all the critical details of your lawsuit.
- Monoplegia – When one part of the body is paralyzed. Those affected can have a single limb become paralyzed, but maintain control and feeling over other parts of their body. Monoplegia can be a temporary condition that the patient can recover from, but often, brain and nerve damage can be a lifelong condition.
- Hemiplegia – Paralysis to a single side of the body, affecting both the arm and the leg. Cerebral palsy is a common cause of hemiplegia.
- Diplegia – Paralysis of either both arms or both legs. It’s possible those paralyzed by diplegia also experience loss of motion or feeling to their facial muscles, along with reduced or uncontrolled muscle movement to other parts of their body.
- Paraplegia – Paraplegic individuals lose feeling and function over the bottom half of their bodies. These individuals may require full-time care and be restricted to a wheelchair. Spinal cord injury is a common cause of paraplegia.
- Quadriplegia – Paralysis from the neck down. Although there are cases where one can recover, most patients require continued care and physical therapy, and experience life-long changes to their quality of life.
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