Paralysis Medical Malpractice in Oregon

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Our Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers Explain Paralysis


Paralysis is one of the most life-altering disabilities that can occur as a result of medical malpractice. This can occur at the hands of a medical professional due to careless, negligent medical care. Paralysis injuries are often due to medical malpractice, especially during surgeries or procedures. Paralysis of any body part is life altering, whether it is the hand, the arms, the legs, or a larger mistake such as paraplegia or quadriplegia due to faulty medical care and treatment. People dealing with paralysis will have additional needs for the rest of their lives. This is why you should contact our Oregon paralysis medical malpractice lawyers who can review your case to see if you may be eligible for compensation. 


How Can Paralysis Happen as a Result of Oregon Medical Malpractice?


Delay in medical treatment is one way that paralysis can be caused by medical malpractice. This includes something such as failure to treat a spinal injury, or tumor on the spine, hypoxic injury at birth leading to brain damage, or failure to treat an infection leading to septic shock. 


Surgical Errors are another way that paralysis can be caused by medical malpractice. If during a surgery the spinal cord is damages, this could cause a patient to be quadriplegic or paraplegic. Additionally, improper placement of nerve blocks can also lead to paralysis. These are just a few examples of the many ways that surgical errors can lead to paralysis. 


Medication and anesthesia errors are another cause of medical malpractice due to damage caused to the patients peripheral nervous system or brain. Improper use of medication or anesthesia can cause damage to nerves, resulting in paralysis. 


Types of Paralysis 


There are many different types of paralysis that could be caused by Oregon medical malpractice.  However, the most commonly associated types are the largest ones such as paraplegia or quadriplegia.  This is when the spinal cord, a structure in the middle of your back that sends messages from the brain to the rest of your body, is damaged and can no longer send those messages.  Sometimes those messages can still get through and they are interfered with (incomplete spinal cord injuries), or other times those messages absolutely cannot by send and they are completely disrupted (complete spinal cord injuries).  


Paraplegia is when the spinal cord is injured in  position that is lower on the back.  This injury results in disability to the lower torso and legs.  As a result, a person may have decreased sensation and movement, or a complete lack of movement, in their lower extremities.


Quadriplegia is much more severe in that it affects all four extremities.  This is a type of spinal cord injuries occurring at the top of the spine in the neck or upper shoulder area.  Injuries here can shut off all four limbs and cause decreased sensation or ability to move all four limbs.  This can be catastrophic because it means that a person may be unable to walk or move.  Often times this means that a person is bed-ridden or wheelchair bound and must rely on other people, computers (through plowing into a straw to move), or with limited function in an incomplete injury to move around.


How Can Our Oregon Medical Malpractice Paralysis Lawyers Help You?


If you or a loved one are a victim of paralysis due to medical malpractice, our experienced medical malpractice paralysis lawyers are here to help you to get the justice you deserve. Our lawyers can review your case for FREE to determine if you are the victim of paralysis as a result of medical malpractice. If this is found to be true, you may be entitled to something called damages. In Oregon this is typically in the form of compensation. Compensation for this type of medical malpractice typically includes:


  • Lost wages from losing time at work due to the paralysis; 
  • Lost future earnings for time that you will be unable to work or may not be able to perform your job anymore due to paralysis;
  • Emotional pain and suffering
  • Medical bills (past, present and future);
  • Physical pain and suffering;
  • Economic claims for things such as wheelchair ramps, special vehicle modifications, ambulatory devices and home modifications;
  • Loss of consortium, which includes time spent with family, relations with your spouse, time spent away from family due to rehabilitation facility stays, surgeries and hospitalizations
  • Compensation for future assistance, including occupational therapy, physical therapy, and nursing assistance


These are just a few of the many types of damages as a result of a spinal cord injury in Oregon. We encourage you and your loved ones to contact our office today to learn what compensation you may be entitled to because there is not an unlimited amount of time to seek your legal remedies.  The statute of limitations sets a time limit on filing a lawsuit, and victims who file a lawsuit outside of the statute of limitations period may be at risk for having their case automatically dismissed.


Get Help if Paralysis Medical Malpractice in Oregon Harmed You or a Loved One


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.

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