Today, there are approximately 276,000 people living with a spinal cord injury in the United States. The impact of back injuries can be devastating. They often result in chronic pain, lifelong disabilities, and in rare cases, death. But what if the life-altering injury is a direct result of negligence from a medical practitioner? This can make matters even worse.
Those suffering from chronic back pain may turn to spinal cord surgeries to solve the issue. Yet malpractice on the surgeon’s end can lead to a failed back surgery – causing further back problems. In this post we’ll discuss what injuries may occur and what to do if you’re a victim. Keep reading to learn more!
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Back Conditions That May Occur Due To Negligence
Pain that doesn’t go away, an issue that’s all too real for some. In fact, patients often deal with increased pain and/or new problems. These injuries may cause moderate to severe symptoms and issues such as:
An epidural abscess is a disorder that can occur because of an infection between the bones and the top layer of the spinal cord. The infection occurs because of bacteria that usually becomes present after a surgical procedure. Familiar with staph infections or strep throat? The same bacteria is usually responsible for epidural abscesses. The bacteria leads to a buildup of pus between the spinal cord and the vertebrae. This causes severe pressure on the spine itself leading to other severe medical issues. Many patients with an epidural abscess have difficulty walking or even controlling their bladder.
Partial or Total Paralysis
Spinal cord injuries due to medical malpractice can lead to paralysis. Either of the lower limbs (paraplegia) or of all four limbs (quadriplegia). With over 200,000 people living with paraplegia or quadriplegia in the United States. how many cases are because of negligence by medical staff?
How A Herniated Disc Led To Quadriplegia. And A $56 Million Back Injury Lawsuit
In 2009, Patricia Jones sought medical attention for a herniated disc which was causing her back and nerve pain. The medical professionals at Good Samaritan Hospital (NY) suggested she undergo spinal surgery. 24 hours later, she had no sensation in her limbs. What was supposed to be a common back procedure (laminectomy) turned out to be a devastating nightmare.
During the surgery, a bone fragment got lodged in the spinal sheath, damaging Patricia’s spinal cord. The monitor signaled something was wrong, but surgeons ignored the warning and continued with the operation. 24 hours after the procedure, her blood pressure rocketed and she lost all feeling from the neck down. A much delayed CAT scan revealed hematoma: Patricia had a pool of blood in her spinal canal. The surgeons later stated the patient must have had a stroke and that was the cause of the blood. When in fact, it was sheer neglect on their part.
Had the surgeons acted faster and not ignored the monitors, perhaps Patricia could have recovered normally. Patricia’s attorney also argued less invasive treatment options should have been explored first. The spinal surgery was the only option given to Patricia.
After 8 years, Patricia and her family were awarded $56 million after months of pursuing her back injury claim.
What Are The Settlements For A Back Injury Claim?
Doctor negligence can’t be treated lightly. A back injury lawsuit leading to chronic issues or paralysis could very easily be worth over $1 million. You too may receive compensation for your specific case. Pursuing a back injury claim can award you other compensation including:
Medical Expenses. Past and future.
Lost Wages. Spinal injuries could keep you out of work for a long time, or for the remainder of your life.
Pain and Suffering. Avoidable back injuries can cause trauma and emotional suffering. You can receive compensation for that.
Fight Against The Pain Of Malpractice
Victims of spinal cord injuries suffer profusely. They often have to face life-altering disabilities, lifelong medical bills, loss of income, and chronic pain. If you believe you or a loved one are feeling any symptoms due to back injuries caused by medical malpractice, please reach out to us today.
If nothing else, seeking a back injury lawsuit could perhaps lessen the financial burden of future medical care costs. Doctors and medical professionals need to be held to the highest standards during every treatment and operation. Together, we can make sure they are. Contact us for a free consultation. Our team of skilled attorneys can help.