While many catastrophic spine injuries occur from accidents, violence or blunt trauma, a number are caused by medical malpractice. In fact, medical care can exacerbate existing spinal injuries. Errors that occur during surgery, such as corrective degenerative or herniated disc surgery, or any operation near or on the spine, can severely damage spinal nerves leading to life-long, permanent consequences. If a spine injury is not properly treated by a doctor, nurse or hospital staff, the individual may suffer more serious personal injury, including paralysis or even death, as a direct result of medical malpractice.
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Spine injuries that can be exacerbated or caused by medical negligence include:
- Failure to diagnose scoliosis
- Spinal fusion errors
- Removing incorrect vertebrae discs
- Monarch instrumentation
- Micro dysectomy injury
- Laminectomy error
- Screw placement error
- Birth injury
- Spinal surgery error
- Failure to detect spinal cord infection
- Failure to diagnose kyphosis (Dowager’s Hump)
- Failure to detect epidural abscesses
- Injection of myelogram in wrong location
- Defective hospital equipment
- Failure to diagnose tumor
- Improper anesthesia administration which can lead to paralysis and nerve damage
Spine injuries can cause motor skill impairment, paralysis and wrongful death. Full recovery is almost always unlikely. Instead, expensive therapy and medical rehabilitation are usually required. The lives of both the individual and his or her loved ones are, unfortunately, never the same. Newly paralyzed individuals are in need of financial remuneration. While recovery cannot treat the condition, it can provide support for lifetime care.