Paralysis due to medical mistakes

Oregon Paralysis Lawyers – Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Paraplegia and quadriplegia and other forms of paralysis often result from major trauma, such as an automobile accident. Medical mistakes, however, can damage the spinal cord, leaving the patient either paraplegic or quadriplegic. Paraplegic and quadriplegic patients can suffer many types of losses—physical, emotional, and financial—so victims should be aware of common forms of medical malpractice that can cause paraplegia or quadriplegia.  Medical mistakes can also cause monoplegia and hemiplegia


Paraplegia and quadriplegia are forms of paralysis that differ substantially. Paraplegia is total or partial paralysis in the lower extremities of the body. Patients can have the inability to walk, have bladder or bowel dysfunction, experience chronic pain, and have blood pressure complications. Quadriplegia, on the other hand, affects all four limbs of the body and some patients may even need a ventilator to breathe independently.


The extent of the paralysis can vary by patient, and factors such as severity and location of the spinal cord injury can determine the level of paralysis. Paraplegia often occurs from an injury to the mid or lower spine, while quadriplegia occurs from an injury at the top of the spinal cord, near the neck area.

Common causes of medical malpractice that can cause paralysis

There are four common types of medical malpractice that can result in paraplegia or quadriplegia. First, a physician could misdiagnose or fail to treat a spinal cord injury. Second, a physician could improperly treat a spinal cord injury. Third, surgical errors could damage the spinal cord. And fourth, a patient could be deprived of oxygen during a surgical procedure. Essentially, patients should be wary of any spinal cord injury that resulted from medical treatment as it can be a strong indicator that a medical mistake was made.

Paralysis due to medical malpractice is devastating

When a patient is paralyzed through medical malpractice, the trajectory of their life is changed forever – daily events and tasks that most people take for granted can become significant and timely ordeals and it can take a long period of time to mentally adjust to going through life with some form of paralysis.


Paralysis victims’ families also feel the impact of a family member’s unexpected paralysis. Medical bills relating to a loved one’s treatment are often enormous; family members may have to pitch in to provide around the clock care for their loved one; and the victim of the paralysis often will not be able to work in their career anymore and the family will struggle with the loss of household income.

Advocates for those suffering from paraplegia and quadriplegia due to medical negligence.

If you or a loved one suffers from paraplegia or quadriplegia due to medical negligence, contact the Oregon medical malpractice attorneys at Kuhlman Law, LLC for a Free Initial Consultation. We can answer your questions and look into whether you may have a claim.  We stand up for victims of medical negligence and handle most medical malpractice cases on a contingency fee basis. Call today for a free consultation at (541) 385-1999.


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