Although any type of injury that results from medical malpractice is unfortunate, paralysis is among the most serious and tragic that can occur. This is usually the result of damage to the spine or brain that can occur due a number of different situations that arise during a medical procedure. Since paralysis has serious, long-term consequences, it is important to work with a skilled lawyer to identify the cause of the paralysis and if it is the result of medical malpractice, then legal action should be taken to hold those responsible accountable.
One of the most common medical malpractice injuries that may cause paralysis is a misdiagnosis. This can be either a false diagnosis or an issue that is missed due to negligence. In either instance, there can be a delay of necessary surgery or treatment, which allows a serious condition to worsen and result in paralysis. If, instead, a diagnosis is incorrect and the wrong treatment is used, then accidents can occur that cause paralysis or the real issue can be ignored and result in more serious long-term conditions.
Mistakes during surgery can often result in paralysis, especially surgeries that involve the brain or spinal column. While surgeons are highly skilled and practiced medical professionals, mistakes can still happen and if these mistakes are avoidable, then medical malpractice is often involved. It is important to know all of the risks of any surgery, but if paralysis was avoidable through proper surgical technique, then it is possible the surgeon is liable for what happened.
Mechanical malfunction of equipment or implants can also result in paralysis. These types of malfunctions can occur due to doctor negligence, such as when a piece of equipment is not properly installed or used in surgery or treatment. Malfunction that is the fault of the manufacturer is rarer and more difficult to prove, but does happen on occasion. When implants and medical equipment fail, the results can be very serious and when paralysis occurs, a legal professional can help you determine who is liable for the failure.
The inappropriate administration of anesthesia can also result in paralysis, especially if a patient experiences an extreme reaction to the anesthetic. Negligence on the part of a surgeon or the anesthesiologist is rare, but if paralysis occurs due to such an issue, then they can be liable for their actions. It is important to disclose all allergies and other conditions you have prior to surgery, however, to ensure that anesthesia is properly chosen and administered.
If you or a loved one have suffered paralysis caused by the negligent actions of a medical professional, you may be able to pursue financial compensation. Contact the Dallas paralysis lawyers of Crowe Arnold & Majors, LLP today at (800) 738-4046.