Catastrophic Spinal Cord Injuries Causes by Oregon Medical Malpractice

Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyers Explain Catastrophic Spinal Cord Injuries Caused by Oregon Medical Malpractice 


Your spinal cord is one of two components comprising your central nervous system, the other component being your brain.  Between your spinal cord and brain, your body can send messages from the brain to the rest of the body and receive feedback from the rest of the body to the brain.  The main channel for these messages relays is the spinal cord.  Without the spinal cord, messages between the body and the brain, and vice versa, may not get sent.  This is why spinal cord injuries could result in catastrophic problems for an individual who is seriously injured.  Our Portland medical malpractice lawyers explain why Oregon medical malpractice could cause serious personal injuries including debilitating disable for spinal cord injury victims.


What is the Spinal Cord?


The spinal cord is the messenger superhighway between the brain and the body’s other nerves, known as the peripheral nervous system.  The spinal cord itself is very soft and almost jelly-like, thus making it very vulnerable to damage.  Because fo this, the spinal cord could be seriously injured in even the smallest of impacts.  That is why the spinal cord is encased in the heavy and strong vertebrae which make up the spinal column.  These protective bones ensure that the spinal cord is protected while also being able to complete its primary function.


Common Spinal Cord Injuries Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


There are many possible causes of spinal cord injuries due to Oregon medical malpractice.  These injuries are typically due to the negligent, careless, or reckless conduct of medical providers.  These injuries may also be irreversible, meaning that they cannot be “cured” or permanently fixed; there may always be some lasting injury or damage to the spinal cord.  Some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include the following:


  • Surgical errors, especially during spinal fusions, discectomies, repairs of back injuries, removal of calcified discs, and other similar injuries;
  • Anesthesia errors, including overdoses which could result in too caustic of an environment causing injury;
  • Dropping objects or items on a patient during a problem, including x-ray machine falling on patients causing severe injury;
  • Dropping a patient during a hospital transfer, especially onto his or her neck;
  • Failing to protect a patient who may be a fall risk; and
  • Many other possible causes.


Damages from Spinal Cord Injuries Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


Under Oregon law, the term “damages” refers to the harm or injury caused to a party.  In a medical malpractice case, which is a type of personal injury action, damages is compensable by money because you cannot bring back or give back a person’s health; it either heals or it does not.  Damages in a spinal cord injury case could be due to the following injuries:


  • Paralysis;
  • Loss of job or loss of career;
  • Loss of use of extremities below the spinal cord injury;
  • Permanent numbness in an extremity;
  • Loss of use of part of the body;
  • Permanent pain and aches due to a nerve injury; and 
  • Many other damages.


Suffer a Catastrophic Spinal Cord Injury?  Our Portland Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help


We can help protect the rights of victims injured due to Oregon medical malpractice and suffering from any type of injury, including spinal cord injuries.  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. 


Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  


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.

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