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Life after Paraplegia: Related Medical Malpractice Issues

Feb 4, 2016 | Doctor Errors

Paraplegia is characterized by complete paralysis of the lower half of the human body, along with nonexistent sensory and motor functions. Typically, some error during a spinal-cord surgery or a direct injury on the spinal cord can lead to paraplegia.

Thus, any treatment procedure applied to the spinal cord requires substantial caution and professional wisdom on the part of the medical practitioner. When medical practitioners fail to take enough precaution during spinal cord treatments or surgeries, paraplegia can happen to the patient.

Such an unpardonable act of medical negligence by a doctor or an anesthesiologist may result in harming the patient for life. In such a circumstance, the affected patient’s family member has a right to file a medical malpractice case against the doctors and the hospital too, if the doctors happen to be paid employees of the hospital.

Paraplegia Due to Medical Malpractice

When medical malpractice leads to paraplegia, it is the medical practitioner’s responsibility to immediately diagnose and treat the paralytic condition of the patient. When the hospital’s and the doctor’s combined negligence or utter carelessness leads to medical paraplegia, the patient’s life is dramatically changed forever. The victim’s family should seek the help of a medical malpractice attorney to file a case and claim financial compensation.

The treatment conditions that lead to paraplegia are:

  • Improper treatment of spinal cord injury
  • Improper administration of spinal anesthesia
  • Poor oxygen supply during surgery
  • Some form of pressure on the spinal cord from a blood clot
  • Medication errors
  • Failure to diagnose a spinal tumor

    Due to medical negligence, the patient’s life is dramatically altered, leaving the helpless patient to survive on adaptive life support systems, special living accommodations-with daily care and ongoing medical treatment-for survival! Life after paraplegia can be mundane and horrendous for the affected victim.

    Life after Paraplegia: Lifetime Struggle for Survival

    In paraplegia, the extent of injury can only be determined after careful examination of the injury site. Over time, depending on the severity of bodily damage, the patient may suffer partial or full paralysis, as well as organ dysfunction.

    The paraplegic patient often dwindles into a vegetable-like existence. Moreover, the financial burden of treating a paraplegic patient can be threatening, leaving the family in penury over time. The loss of earning ability and permanent disabilities will leave the entire family of the paraplegic in financial doldrums.

    Co-morbid Conditions

    Life after paraplegia can often be a long and unending series of health problems one by one. Paraplegia patients tend to suffer from some co-occurring conditions like kidney stones, urinary tract infections, fecal and urinary disorders, cardiovascular diseases, thrombosis, muscle degeneration, chronic nerve pains, and respiratory infections. The quality of life is almost reduced to zero due to loss of mobility and loss of normal organ functions.

    In a paraplegia malpractice case, the victim’s family member needs to get the best medical malpractice lawyer in New York case to build the strongest possible case. To get the best advice in NYC you need a legal team such as Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law who can be reached at 212 697 9280.

    They know how to win cases. They have seen cases like this before. They will have medical experts support your claim. The first meeting is free. We are not paid until you are paid.