Paralysis affects every aspect of a victim’s life, as well as the lives of his or her loved ones. Not only do victims often require extensive immediate medical treatment, but they also tend to need lifelong care. Family members and loved ones typically need to alter their lives in order to provide the necessary care. The physical, emotional, and financial costs of paralysis are immense.
At The Mellino Law Firm, we assist individuals who have been paralyzed as a result of someone else’s negligence. Whether you were partially paralyzed in a car accident caused by a drunk driver or your loved one was rendered quadriplegic due to medical malpractice, we can help you understand your legal rights and options. Our Cleveland paralysis attorneys have more than three decades of experience, and we are ready to put our knowledge, resources, and skill to work for you.
HOW MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CAUSES PARALYSIS
While doctors, surgeons, and other medical professionals are expected to “do no harm,” mistakes do happen. Carelessness, lack of knowledge, miscommunication, and outright malpractice can all lead to complications that may result in paralysis. This is particularly true when doctors perform spine surgery.
Spine surgery is a highly complex and technical procedure, one that requires extensive skill, training, and experience. All too often, unqualified surgeons attempt risky procedures—with disastrous consequences. Nerve damage that occurs during spine surgery can lead to both partial and total paralysis, along with other injuries such as new or worsening pain, neurological problems, blindness, loss of speech, stroke, organ damage, and even death.
Some ways in which medical malpractice can result in paralysis include:
- Failure to act quickly to stop or limit nerve damage
- Miscommunication between doctors/surgeons and other medical professionals
- Improper restraint of hospital patients
- Surgical mistakes, including wrong-site surgery and nerve damage
- Epidural anesthesia errors
- Birth injuries leading to severe cerebral palsy and quadriplegia
WHAT TO DO IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE WAS PARALYZED DUE TO NEGLIGENCE
It is important that you contact an attorney who has experience handling these types of claims. Whether you were paralyzed as a result of medical malpractice or another act of negligence, The Mellino Law Firm can help you navigate the legal process. We understand the immense and far-reaching impact paralysis has on the lives of victims and their loved ones. Because of this, we fight for the maximum compensation our clients are owed.