One traumatizing type of Oregon medical malpractice is paralysis injuries due to reckless, careless, and negligent medical care. There are life-long ramifications when a patient suffers any type of paralysis, whether that is of the nerves in the hand or if a patient is paralyzed from the waist down. While nerve damage and paralysis are common risks associated with many procedures and surgeries, the fact that a paralysis injuries occurs does not always mean that it was due to normal risks. Nor does that prohibit an injured patient from seeking compensation for paralysis injuries. Ask our Oregon paralysis medical malpractice lawyers what rights you may have to compensation if you suffered injuries which caused any type of paralysis, including loss of movement, loss of sensation, or any other loss of function.
Victims who have wrongfully suffered paralysis injuries may be entitled to compensation for their damages. In Oregon medical malpractice cases, monetary compensation may be awarded for damages of the following:
- Pain and suffering, both past pain and suffering, and future pain and suffering;
- Medical bills, both past and future;
- Lost wages from being out of work;
- Lost future earnings from being unable to work in the same capacity or for the same amount of time;
- Loss of consortium, which includes relations with spouses, time spent with family, playtime with children, care for dependents, and general affection with family due to your injuries, hospital stay, surgeries, and time away from the family due to this claim;
- Emotional pain and suffering;
- Economic claims such as equipment, house modifications, special vehicles, special beds, and other ambulatory devices;
- Need for future nursing assistances, physical therapy, and occupational therapy; and
- Other damages.
Three Main Ways Paralysis Injuries Happen Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice
There are three main ways that a paralysis injury could happen to a patient due to careless, reckless, and potentially negligent care and treatment by a healthcare provider. These are not every way, but these are the three, general ways that paralysis injuries occur.
- Surgical Errors/Procedure Mistakes – Paralysis injuries could be caused by errors during surgery or a procedure. A common type of paralysis injury includes damaging the spinal cord during a spinal surgery which could render a patient to be paraplegic or quadriplegic. Other types of procedure errors includes improper injections such as IV or nerve blocks which get too close to nerves and could cause brachial plexus injuries. In addition, pulling lower teeth that are situated too close to the nerve could result in facial paralysis.
- Delays in Medical Treatment – If a patient is suffering from severe and dangerous medical conditions, it could cause paralysis. This includes something as early as a hypoxic injury to a newborn baby that suffers severe brain damage, or something longer like an infection that spreads large enough and results in septic shock. Additionally, failing to treat certain conditions such as calcification of a spinal disc could impinge on the spinal cord and eventually severe it or cut it off. Other times conditions such as viral meningitis could rapidly cause neurological damage which could paralyze a patient.
- Anesthesia Errors and Medication Errors – Anesthesia is a powerful cocktail of three drugs which, if overdosed, could easily cause severe damage to a patient’s brain or peripheral nervous system. This could cause damage to the nerves which results in paralysis from the inability to move, sense, or otherwise function parts of the body. Other times medication errors of caustic drugs could damage nerves, including chemotherapy which is overdosed or improperly injected could cause devastating damage to a person’s tissue, including vessels and nerves nearby the injection site.
Bend/Portland, Oregon Paralysis Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form. We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.
We handle cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, and Hillsboro.
We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.
Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.