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Get Compensated for Medical Negligence that Results in Paraplegia in NYC

Jan 7, 2017 | Medical Malpractice

If you have sustained a spinal injury, you may get paralyzed from the waist down. This condition is known as paraplegia, wherein your motor and sensory functions in the lower half of your body are impaired due to the spinal injury. While accidents and congenital conditions can result in paraplegia, you can also become a paraplegic due to surgical errors and surgeon negligence.

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center close to 12,000 people in the US suffer from paraplegia as a result of spinal cord injury every year. While motor vehicle crashes, workplace accidents are the most common culprits behind paraplegia, medical malpractice too can cause severe spinal cord injuries that lead to paraplegia.

The Importance of Your Spinal Cord

Your spinal cord along with your brain constitutes the central nervous system. This system is responsible for ensuring all parts of the body function optimally, including when they are stimulated by an external stimulus. Your spinal cord is primarily responsible for motor functions of your body.

It has nerves that lead to the brain. These nerves collect signals from the rest of the body. In fact, the nerves of your spinal cord help you experience temperature, pain and touch while ensure optimal muscle movements.

When the spinal cord gets injured, these nerves are affected. As a result, the nerves cannot send signals to the brain, resulting in impaired movement and senses. This is what paraplegia is.

Paraplegia Due to Medical Negligence and Malpractice in New York City

If you have sustained a spinal cord or spinal nerve injury during a surgical procedure in NYC, it is important that the injury is quickly and accurately diagnosed and treated. If the injury remains untreated, it could spread to other parts of the spinal cord.

Usually, in a hospital setting, paraplegia can occur in the following circumstances:

  • The specialist fails to diagnose a condition that is curable and hence, it results in paraplegia
  • Improper diagnosis and treatment of a curable and treatable spinal cord injury
  • Your brain suffers a lack of oxygen due to an unrelated surgical procedure
  • You develop a blood clot in your spinal region from an unrelated procedure and this clot exerts pressure on the spinal cord, leading to paraplegia

If you become a paraplegic due to medical malpractice and negligence, your pain and suffering does not end with losing the use of your legs. There is more it. You can experience several complications due to paraplegia. These include:

  • UTIs
  • Kidney stones
  • Fecal and urinary incontinence
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Pressure sores
  • Blood clots in the blood vessels (Thrombosis)
  • Muscular autophagy
  • Chronic pain in the injured region of the spinal cord
  • Lung infections, like pneumonia
  • Autonomic dysreflexia

If you or a loved one has become a paraplegic due to untreated or misdiagnosed condition, it is prudent to contact a medical malpractice attorney who is experienced. Such a lawyer will be able to guide you and also fight for your rights, so that you get compensated for the physical, emotional and financial trauma you have suffered on account of a negligent specialist.

When it comes to medical malpractice lawsuits in New York City, Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff law firm offers you the expertise you require. We have empathetic medical malpractice attorneys with years of experience under their belt. We have helped many patients, including those who have suffered paraplegia due to medical malpractice and negligence, get compensated.

The first meeting is free. In fact, you never pay us even if we accept your medical malpractice case. We just take a percentage of the final settlement or verdict so you never really have to pay us, you never write us a check. RMFW Law has won millions of dollars for past clients, you too can be on this fabulous list.

Call RMFW Law today at (212) 697-9280 to speak to one of our highly qualified and experienced medical malpractice attorneys. We know how to win cases. What is your side of the story?