Spinal Cord Injuries
Medical Negligence Attorneys Representing Patients in Baltimore
A spinal cord injury can be caused by many different kinds of trauma, including negligent medical care, such as improperly performed surgery, improperly administered anesthesia, or failure to recognize an injury to the spine after a traumatic event (car crash, athletic injury, etc.). Unfortunately, a victim of a spinal cord injury often does not regain their full pre-injury function. The injury can reduce or eliminate the patient’s ability to work and negatively impact the quality and enjoyment of the patient’s life.
If you or someone close to you has been a victim of a spinal cord injury following a surgery or other medical care, you need to reach out to a skilled Baltimore medical malpractice attorney who can assess the facts of your case. At the Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, we understand how to navigate these complicated claims and we will aggressively fight in pursuit of the compensation that you deserve.
Spinal Cord Injuries Have Significant Consequences
Damage to the spinal cord can cause catastrophic injuries, such as paraplegia, quadriplegia, numbness, motor difficulties, loss of urinary and bowel function, sexual and reproductive difficulties, and loss of limb awareness.
These significant injuries take a huge toll on the victim and their family. Following their injury, the victim may not be able to work. The victim may require a part-time or full-time caregiver. Additionally, the victim may suffer from debilitating pain.
Accordingly, damages for a spinal cord injury might include:
- Past medical costs
- In other words, the medical bills you have already incurred.
- Future medical costs
- Future medical costs are often one of the largest components of damages in spinal cord injury cases. Victims of spinal cord injuries often require significant rehabilitation and as discussed below, may require in-home care from a nurse or in-patient care at a nursing facility. All of this medical care is very expensive. At Cardaro & Peek, our goal is to make sure that victims of medical malpractice obtain enough money to receive high-quality medical care for the rest of their life.
- Nursing Facility or In-Home Assistance
- Nearly 45% of individuals with spinal cord injuries need personal assistance with daily activities. Victims of spinal cord injuries may need assistance with getting in or out of bed, managing bowel and bladder issues, bathing and dressing. Those with more severe injuries may need someone to do all of the driving, shopping, cooking, cleaning, lawn care, childcare, etc. for them. A live-in or part-time caretaker can provide the necessary assistance, while allowing the victim to continue living in their home.
- Alternatively, some patients may choose (or be required to) live in a skilled nursing facility. The healthcare providers at the facility will then take care of the patient’s needs.
- Renovations to Home
- If the victim is able to stay in their (or a loved one’s) home, renovations such as the widening of doorways, a wheelchair ramp, lift devices and other modifications may be necessary and can be included in your damages.
- Lost wages
- Wages lost before the lawsuit.
- Loss of financial support and future earnings
- Future lost wages/financial support following the spinal cord injury.
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional damages following a spinal cord injury can be devastating. The victim and their family must adjust to a radically different life. Additionally, the victim often experiences traumatic physical pain on a daily basis.
- Loss of consortium
- If you were married at the time of the malpractice, your spouse may be entitled to damages for the lost ability to enjoy the same love, affection, and companionship as before the spinal cord injury.
Contact a Knowledgeable Medical Negligence Attorney in Baltimore
If a spinal cord injury suffered due to medical malpractice has harmed you or someone close to you, it is important to reach out to a seasoned medical malpractice attorney who can protect your rights. At the Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, we can review your case to see if you have a viable claim. We understand the nuances of health care law in Maryland and can put our knowledge to use in your case. We proudly serve people in Pikesville, Catonsville, Towson, Woodlawn, Dundalk, Essex, Randallstown, Arbutus, Reisterstown, Laurel, Silver Springs, and all areas of Baltimore, Montgomery, and Anne Arundel Counties. To discuss your options, call us toll-free at 800-810-6780 or contact us online. We also represent people who need a nursing home negligence lawyer to help them bring a claim for malpractice in that context.