Spinal Cord Injuries Caused by New York Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice Mistakes, Surgery

Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries and New York Medical Malpractice

Your spinal cord is a very soft, spongish-jellish like substance.  It is very soft and flexible, but it is also very weak.  This is why it is protected within hardened vertebrae which are very strong and completely encase the spinal cord.  Nerves originate from gaps in the spinal cord of vertebrae, and these nerves extend outwards to the rest of your body.  If there is an injury to the spinal cord or these nerves, it can result in catastrophic harm and even result in paralysis of part of a person’s body.  It could also result in complete paralysis.  Such injury could be caused by New York medical malpractice.

Yes, New York medical malpractice could cause spinal cord injuries.  But how?!

Some medical procedures are performed very close to the spinal cord.  For instance, spinal fusions, discectomies, herniated disc repairs, building disc repairs, and other similar or identical surgeries could result in catastrophic injury.  These injuries are caused when a surgeon fails to take proper precautions when working near the spinal cord.  This could include even drilling through the spinal cord, such as when a surgeon needs to perform a spinal fusion.

Other types New York medical malpractice could cause spinal cord injuries due to falls or drops.  A patient that is a fall risk needs to be protected against walking and falling.  This sounds obvious.  But some hospitals and healthcare providers do a horrible job at identifying these patients and ensuring they are protected.  If a patient falls on his or her head and causes a serious injury, that could mean that his or her spinal cord is damaged or even severed.  Additionally, the hospital or healthcare provider could drop the patient on his or her head or neck which results in the very serious injuries to the spinal cord.

In either scenario, whenever a patient sustains a spinal cord injury the healthcare provider causing the injury should be liable for the damages.  But what do you think?  I would love to hear from you!  Leave a comment or I also welcome your phone call on my toll-free cell at 1-866-889-6882 or you can drop me an e-mail at jfisher@fishermalpracticelaw.com.  You are always welcome to request my FREE book, The Seven Deadly Mistakes of Malpractice Victims, at the home page of my website at www.protectingpatientrights.com.