Great care is taken by all medical professionals involved in a surgery to avoid causing injury to the spinal cord. If a patient’s spinal cord is injured, the patient could suffer from numbness, weakness, horrible pain, and in the worst cases, paralysis. Injuries of this type can forever change a person’s life.
The spinal cord is a collection of nerves that link the brain’s communications with the rest of the body. Injury to these nerves can effect this brain-body communication. Communication ceases if the injury is serious enough.
There are a variety of circumstances were a person can suffer a spinal cord injury during surgery:
- Injecting an epidural, steroids, or other substance near the spine can lead to damage.
- If the body is placed in the incorrect position while dispensing anesthesia
- An unrecognized tumor causing long-term spinal compression
- Mismanagement of disc disease causing spinal compression
Injuries caused by spinal cord injuries include:
- Loss of urinary and bowel function
- Loss of limb awareness
- Sexual and reproductive difficulties
Spinal cord injuries can range from temporary to long-term. However, in most cases, victims of spinal cord injuries do not regain their full pre-injury function. These injuries impact the ability of a patient to work and their quality and enjoyment of life.
If you or a loved one has experienced the devastating effects of a spinal cord injury because of the negligence of a health care professional, it is important to contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. It is necessary to retain an experienced medical malpractice attorney in order to obtain adequate recovery for the devastating effects of spinal cord injuries.
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