Understanding Whether a Medical Error Caused Your Spinal Cord Injury: Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Maryland and Washington, DC Explain
Paralysis is one of the most extreme and life-altering medical conditions a person can endure. This difficult situation is made worse when the paralysis would not have occurred but for a medical professional’s negligence, i.e., medical malpractice. If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered spinal cord injury/paralysis due to a healthcare provider’s negligence, you may want to speak with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to exploring how it happened, what could have been done to prevent it, and learn more about your potential compensation. Please contact our law firm to schedule a FREE consultation to start your investigation.
A common cause of paralysis is a medical professional’s inaccurate diagnosis or a complete failure to diagnose. Paralysis can also occur when there is a delay in diagnosing a medical condition. For example, a delayed meningitis diagnosis can result in paralysis and other severe conditions, such as hearing loss, brain damage, and death. Delayed diagnosis of spinal cord tumors can lead to paralysis due to spinal cord compression.
Anytime a procedure is done near the brain or spinal column, doctors and surgeons should be aware of potential nerve damage and paralysis. A minor slip up during surgery can damage a nerve. Damaging nerves is never a good thing, but the error is compounded when it occurs in the spinal cord.
Why? Because your spinal cord has 31 pairs of nerves and nerve roots that carry nerve signals throughout your body. This means a nerve injury in your spine will affect more than just the area around the injury. There are 4 sections of the spinal cord: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral (top of the spine to bottom). Each section contains different groups of nerves that control different parts of the body. For example, the C6 vertebrae (the sixth vertebrae in the cervical spine) contain nerves that control your wrist. The L2 vertebrae control your hips. The type and severity of spinal cord injuries thus depend on the section of the spine that is injured.
When a spinal cord injury occurs, nerve function loss occurs below the injury level. Accordingly, the higher along the spinal cord the injury occurs, the greater the severity of the injury. An injury higher on the spinal cord can cause paralysis in most of the body and affect all limbs (called tetraplegia or quadriplegia). A lower injury to the spinal cord may cause paralysis affecting the legs and lower body (called paraplegia).
Even minor paralysis can severely reduce a person’s quality of life. If you have been injured by medical error, it’s in your interest to find answers and get compensation. Please feel free to contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek to learn more about your options. We are here to help you.
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