Whether you have suffered a spinal injury as a result of a car accident, an accident at home or another cause, the impact on your and your family’s life can be devastating. When the injury occurs at the hands of a medical professional, it can be particularly devastating.
Our spinal cords are fragile systems that are made up of bundles and bundles of nerves surrounded by tiny bones and vertebrae. When your spinal column is compromised, swelling or bleeding can lead to intensive damage to the nervous system. Such injuries often result in disability and sometimes even permanent quadriplegia or paraplegia.
The expense of dealing with medical malpractice when it comes to spinal cord injuries can be life changing. The financial toll alone can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars per annum, with a myriad of surgeries needed. This includes rehabilitation, physical therapy, and medical equipment, as well as long-term in-home care.
Medical Malpractice that Results in a Spinal Cord Injury
Misdiagnosis or negligence by medical staff is typically the foundation of a malpractice case. Typically, injury to the spinal column is a result of a doctor’s error when treating a patient for something else, such as:
- Malpractice during surgery – surgeons are legally responsible for performing spinal surgery with due care. Sometimes, the surgeon may get distracted, lack the right training, cause an error, or position the patient wrongly.
- Emergency room error – doctors in the emergency room can misdiagnose a broken back which results in permanent or significant damage by moving the patient incorrectly.
- Anesthesia error – the incorrect use of anesthesia can lead to epidural hematoma which in turn results in spinal cord injury.
If the spinal cord injury results in full or partial paralysis, or other nerve issues, the victim may seek claims for damages. Healthcare providers may be held legally liable if a patient has suffered the injuries through neglect. Medical staff may also be held accountable if the injuries are a result of an undiagnosed tumor or infection.
Our Malpractice Lawyers Can Help You Prove Causation
In order to successfully seek compensation for medical malpractice, the victim must prove causation by showing how the medical professionals caused the spinal cord injury. Our experienced personal injury lawyers use effective strategies, methods, and tactics to help build a strong case. These include:
- Conducting investigations into the surgeon’s background
- Gathering evidence
- Interviewing eyewitnesses
- Reviewing procedural notes and other medical documents
- Conducting extensive consultations with medical experts
Dealing with a personal injury claim for medical malpractice is a complex task. In order to build a strong case for compensation, an experienced medical malpractice lawyer who has a thorough understanding of medicine and medical malpractice law will carefully review all the necessary documents and records pertaining to the medical negligence.
Do You Need Legal Guidance for a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
If you or someone close to you is suffering a spinal cord injury as a result of medical malpractice, the personal injury lawyers at Mackesy Smye can help you seek financial compensation against the professionals involved, including:
We offer aggressive legal representation by fully investigating the case and preparing your claim for trial. Our lawyers have many years of experience in representing clients who have suffered complex spinal cord injuries and will assist you in recovering the monetary compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and loss of future earnings.
Get in touch with us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers. We will evaluate your claim and advise your options to pursue your compensation and help to hold neglectful medical staff accountable for negligence or misconduct.