Minnesota Paraplegia or Quadriplegia Lawyer
Of all the injuries a person could suffer, paralysis is one that is particularly life-changing. A paralysis injury also does not only affect the accident victim, but the entire family. Homes need accommodations to help the accident victim’s mobility and ability to perform certain tasks, expensive medical devices are often needed, and the entire household sometimes suffers from a loss of income. Paralysis such as paraplegia or quadriplegia is not always preventable. There are times though, when another person’s negligence, or carelessness, caused the condition. Medical malpractice is a common type of negligence that causes paralysis.
If you or a loved one has suffered from paraplegia or quadriplegia due to a medical professional’s mistake, you can file a claim for the losses your family has suffered. A Minnesota paraplegia lawyer can help you through the process of filing a claim so you obtain the full settlement you are entitled to.
Paraplegia and Quadriplegia are Very Serious Injuries
Paralysis, regardless of the type, is an injury to the central nervous system in the body. When the injury only affects the lower half of the body, it is known as paraplegia. Quadriplegia, on the other hand, affects both the upper and lower half of the body and restricts movement in both the arms and legs. No matter the type of injury one suffers, paralysis will always have devastating impacts on the injured individual.
When is Paraplegia and Quadriplegia Due to Medical Malpractice?
All doctors are expected to provide the highest standard of care to all of their patients. The vast majority of doctors within Minnesota provide this duty of care. Unfortunately, there are some that do not and instead, they negligently treat patients. Paralysis is usually caused by medical malpractice when a doctor or surgeon is providing treatment near the brain or spinal column. For example, a patient may require surgery during which the surgeon may sever the spinal cord, resulting in permanent paralysis for the patient.
Medical malpractice also occurs when doctors make diagnostic errors. For example, a patient may be involved in a car accident and sustain spinal cord damage. The damage may be treatable, giving the patient a good chance of making a full recovery. If the doctor does not recognize the damage occurred though, the condition can become worse and may eventually result in paraplegia or quadriplegia.
Filing a medical malpractice claim against the negligent doctor cannot, unfortunately, undo a paralysis injury. This type of injury is extremely costly to treat though, and victims often cannot go back to work or enjoy the things they once did. A medical malpractice claim can provide the compensation needed to offset the financial burden these losses impose.
Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Minnesota Hold Negligent Doctors Liable
At Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman, LLC, our Minnesota medical malpractice lawyers have the necessary experience to determine when negligence occurred, and will hold careless healthcare professionals liable for it. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and to learn more about how we can help.