Any injury to the spinal cord can be a catastrophic event. Unfortunately, when it occurs at the hands of medical professionals, it can be especially devastating. Spinal cord injuries often leave the victim in intense pain with a loss of sensation, a lack of mobility and challenges when taking every breath.
The spinal cord is a fragile system comprised of a vast bundle of nerves surrounded by small bones and soft tissue of the vertebrae. When the spinal column is compromised, bleeding or swelling can cause significant damage to the vertebrae and the complex nervous system. The injury often results in substantial disability that could lead to temporary or permanent paraplegia or quadriplegia.
More than 10,000 individuals sustain serious spinal cord injury every year. While most occur in the workplace or from a sports injury or automobile accident, many are the result of negligence, surgical error, misdiagnosis or errors by medical staff. The overwhelming emotional expensive of dealing with spinal cord injuries is often life changing. In addition, the financial toll on the family can be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to deal with additional surgeries, rehabilitation, durable medical equipment, physical therapy and long-term home care.
Negligence of Medical Professionals Leading to a Spinal Cord Injury
Negligence or misdiagnosis by the medical staff is often the foundation of most medical malpractice cases. Usually, an injury to the spinal column results from a doctor's error when treating the patient for another condition, including:
- Anesthesia Error – The improper use of anesthesia can also cause epidural hematoma in the patient producing lifelong spinal cord issues.
- Emergency Room Error – Emergency room doctors treating a vehicle accident victim can misdiagnose a broken back and cause significant or permanent damage by inappropriately moving the patient.
- Malpractice during Surgery – Surgeons performing procedures on a patient's spinal column have a legal responsibility to perform the surgery with due care. In some situations, the surgeon might become distracted, position the patient incorrectly, lack sufficient training or cause an error, leaving the patient injured.
If the injury causes partial or full paralysis, or other significant nerve issue, the victim has the legal right to seek a claim for damages. Doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers can also be held legally liable when a patient suffers serious injuries through neglect. If the victim suffers spinal cord injuries through an undiagnosed infection or tumor, the medical staff can be held accountable for compensation.
Proving Causation: An Essential Element of Winning a Medical Malpractice Case Involving Spinal Cord Injury
Success in an Illinois medical malpractice case requires the victim to prove causation by showing how the doctor or other medical staff directly caused the patient's injuries. Personal injury tort law involving medical malpractice cases are complex. Obtaining adequate recompense often requires the skilled personal injury attorney who specializes in spinal cord injury claims.
An experienced attorney can prove causation to build a strong case using effective strategies, tactics and methods. These can include:
- Gather evidence
- Review procedural notes and medical documents
- Interview eyewitnesses
- Conduct an investigation on the surgeon's background
- Conduct an extensive consultation with numerous medical negligence experts
Why You Need Legal Representation in a Medical Negligence Case Involving Spinal Cord Injury
Handling a claim for negligent medical care is complex. To build a case for recompense, a skilled medical malpractice attorney who has a comprehensive understanding of both tort law and medicine must carefully review all medical records and documents pertaining to the negligence. With an attorney, the victim is less likely to accept a low settlement amount before the full impact of their injuries is realized.
If you or a loved one is suffering a spinal cord injury caused by medical malpractice, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help you seek financial compensation against all professionals involved including: physicians, nurses and hospitals. We provide aggressive legal representation by fully investigating your case and preparing your claim for trial. We accept medical malpractice cases across Illinois on contingency to help you avoid paying legal fees until our law firm obtains a jury award or settlement on your behalf.
Our lawyers are experienced in representing clients suffering complex spinal cord injuries. We will assist you in recovering the compensation you deserve to ensure you have adequate recompense to cover:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium, support and future earnings
To schedule an appointment, call our law offices at (888) 424-5757. Our attorneys can evaluate your claim and provide you numerous legal options to pursue compensation and hold neglectful medical staff accountable for their misconduct.