The Spinal Cord And Nerves Are FragileLegal Help for those Paralyzed by Surgical Errors
The spinal cord is fragile and can be damaged by direct mechanical injury as well as indirectly by a vascular or chemical injury. The most common spinal cord injuries are from compression and contusions. Any surgical procedure near the spine including epidural injections may result in bleeding. This is particularly true if the patient was on anticoagulants or blood thinning medication. Bleeding near the spine may result in blood pooling and compressing the spine. This compression may be sufficient to permanently damage the spinal cord resulting in paralysis. Infections leading to an abscess at or near the spinal cord often requires rapid treatment to prevent paralysis.
The nerves that exit the spinal cord can suffer injury resulting in paralysis at locations further from the spine. These nerve injuries will result in more localized paralysis. For example, an injury to the long thoracic nerve may result in paralysis of the arm. Damage to the laryngeal nerve may result in paralysis of the vocal cords. Damage to facial nerves may result in paralysis of one side of the face. During surgical procedures nerves may be carelessly severed. As a general rule, surgeons should look before they cut.
The surgical error lawyers at Patterson Law offer free consultations to assess whether you or a loved one suffered paralysis as a result of a medical error.