Catastrophic Paralysis Caused by Oregon Medical Malpractice

Examples of Catastrophic Personal Injuries Causing Paralysis Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


Paralysis injuries caused by Oregon medical malpractice can be some of the most frustrating and debilitating types of injuries that a patient can sustain.  They will cause a lifetime of disability, motor or sensation loss, and sometimes extreme pain or pins and needles.  We trust our healthcare providers to heal us, but unfortunately sometimes they fail to do so and end up causing us these significant and debilitating injuries.


Types of Paralysis


There are several different types of paralysis which may be caused by medical malpractice.  They include the following types of paralysis:


  • Paraplegia – The loss of sensation and functioning for the bottom half of a person’s body, the cause usually being a disease or acute trauma;
  • Quadriplegia – The loss of sensation and functioning from the neck down, the cause usually being a disease or acute trauma;
  • Hemiplegia – The loss of sensation and functioning to one side of a patient’s body such as the left arm and left leg, the cause usually being a brain injury; and
  • Monoplegia – This is the loss of sensation and functioning of one limb, such as just an arm or leg, the cause using being acute trauma.


Causes of Paralysis Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


All of the above types of paralysis can be caused by medical malpractice when a healthcare provider fails to practice medicine as a reasonably prudent provider would under similar circumstances.  Meaning that a healthcare provider acts below the standard of care what a normal provider would have rendered.  Some causes of paralysis due to medical malpractice include the following:


Surgical errorsOregon surgical errors can cause any of the four types of paralysis above, because operations on the spine would cause paraplegia or quadriplegia, a brain operation could cause hemiplegia, or a shoulder surgery could damage nerves and cause monoplegia.


Birth Injuries – Birth injuries could also cause all four types of paralysis above, but the most commonly seen example is monoplegia due to a brachial plexus injury.  This is when the newborn is tugged, pulled, or trapped in a manner which exerts undo stress and tension on the nerves coming from the spine, traveling through the shoulder, and powering the fingers, hand, and arm.  When these nerves are injured, they can result in paralysis, loss of sensation, loss of motor ability, and constant numbness or pain, or a mix.


Medication Errors/Overdoses – Particularly with hemiplegia, medication overdoses can cause paralysis.  This can be due to the toxic nature of the drugs which can poison and damage the parts of the brain. The most common types of drugs to do this are painkillers, particularly morphine, which is caustic and can destroy parts of the brain when overdosed.


Misdiagnosis/delay in diagnosis – When a serious health condition like a cancerous tumor is diagnosed, it can allow the tumor to grow uncontrollably and cause damage to various parts of the body.  When this is to the brain or spinal cord, the tumor can damage these critical structures which cause paralysis.


Oregon Medical Malpractice Causing Catastrophic Injuries and Paralysis Should be Evaluated by our Bend Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer


Victims of serious medical malpractice could be permanently paralyzed.  This can cause extreme hardship and the inability to work or carry out daily living activities.  Victims may be entitled to compensation for these catastrophic injuries.  If you or a loved one were paralyzed due to a doctor’s mistake, please call Kuhlman Law, LLC to learn how we can help you.


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