When you check into the hospital for surgery, the thought of leaving with permanent paralysis due to a surgical error is the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, this tragic situation happens more often than it should. Paralysis can also be the avoidable result of a doctor misdiagnosing or delaying a diagnosis of a condition that can result in paralysis.
While dozens of different scenarios in a medical setting can lead to paralysis, the instances described below are the most common reasons that injured patients contact a New York medical malpractice lawyer.
How your paralysis injury happened is not nearly as important as the fact that you must deal with the consequences of medical malpractice for the remainder of your life. You may not be able to continue working, making it impossible to pay your medical expenses and support your family. You may struggle with anxiety and depression after the medical error because life as you knew it is gone forever. Our experienced paralysis attorneys at have empathy for your situation and are here to help you understand your legal options.
The spinal cord is an extremely sensitive part of the body that helps to deliver messages that direct different areas to move. Damage to the spinal cord, even when it initially appears minor, can have a significant impact on spinal cord functioning. In the most severe cases, the damage causes permanent paralysis. Of course, paralysis can also occur due to problems not caused by spinal cord injury. Below are three of the most frequent causes of paralysis due to medical malpractice.
Many people are aware of paraplegia and quadriplegia, but these are not the only types of paralysis that can occur due to medical malpractice.
We outline the four most common types of medically-induced paralysis below.
An incomplete spinal cord injury means that the damage to the spine has impacted its ability to receive or send a message. This often results in the loss of motor sensation or function. A complete spinal cord injury means that something has severed the spinal cord, resulting in permanent loss of bodily sensations and motor skills.
The following are some typical ways that a spinal cord injury can occur in a medical setting:
Even if you do not see your specific injury on the list, you can contact a spinal cord injury attorney for immediate legal help.
A stroke is always a medical emergency that requires immediate intervention. Every minute a patient remains undiagnosed and without treatment can cause irreversible brain damage. Sadly, paralysis can be one of the outcomes of a stroke that a doctor did not treat correctly.
If you have already suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you are 10 times as likely to have a stroke within three months. When you report to the emergency room with a suspected stroke, doctors must treat you within three hours to reverse damage caused by disrupted blood flow to the brain. When this does not happen or you feel the doctor dismissed your concerns or misdiagnosed you, a paralysis law firm can help you recover the compensation you need to live with the limitations imposed by the medical error.
Having the right attorney on your side is essential if you plan to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit. At the Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm in New York City, we have been helping seriously injured people and their families for generations.
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We are a highly experienced firm with decades of litigation experience. Our attorneys have handled many cases involving paralysis, including paralysis caused by strokes and spinal cord injuries.
Our medical malpractice attorneys handle cases in New York City and all of New York State, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Contact us to schedule your free consultation to discuss your concerns at 212-869-3500. We charge no fees until we recover compensation for your family.
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