What Is a Paralysis Injury?
One of the most debilitating injuries that a patient can suffer from medical malpractice is paralysis. The National Institutes of Health estimates that nearly 5.4 million people live with paralysis in the United States. A paralysis injury can leave victims unable to work or care for themselves, requiring a lifetime of care and financial support. A paralysis injury may leave you unable to enjoy the activities you once took pleasure in, unable to earn a living and support your family, and unable to do many of the things you need to do everyday to care for yourself.
If you or a loved one has suffered a paralysis injury, a military medical malpractice lawsuit may be able to help you recover compensation to ease your financial burden. Our military medical malpractice attorneys have decades of experience in this highly complex field of law to better assist you with your claim.
What Kind of Medical Malpractice Causes a Paralysis Injury?
There are many different kinds of medical negligence that can cause a paralysis injury. However, the most common types of medical malpractice that are likely to result in a paralysis injury are anesthesia errors, surgical errors and improper control of infections, such as sepsis.
can cause paralysis when patients are given too much or too little anesthesia, resulting in brain damage causing impaired mobility or restrictions in blood flow to the spinal cord. Anesthesiologists are responsible for closely monitoring patients to prevent these injuries, and to ensure patients are not placed at an undue risk.
Another common cause of paralysis injuries is infection. When a patient has a serious infection or even a small, treatable infection, the physician must carefully monitor the patient's symptoms. Failure to closely monitor these symptoms can lead the physician to miss critical warning signs that the infection is worsening. Missing or ignoring these warning signs can lead an infection to quickly develop into a serious medical condition and result in a paralysis injury.
What Makes a Meritorious Paralysis Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
In order to bring a successful malpractice claim or case, the claimant must prove that the health care provider acted negligently and that this negligence caused an injury and damage. Proving a case requires obtaining and reviewing medical records in conjunction with experts and then presenting the claim, with supporting evidence.
Lawyers, like our military medical malpractice attorneys, who specialize in paralysis medical malpractice lawsuits have the knowledge and expertise to find the mistakes doctors made, gather expert witnesses, and hold negotiations for a settlement in your favor.
Recovering Damages In a Paralysis Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Those who suffer a paralysis injury as a result of medical negligence have the right to recover for both their economic and emotional damages. With a military medical malpractice lawsuit based on a paralysis injury, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Past and future medical costs, including costs for home accommodations or in-home care
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages, past and future
- Other damages