paraplegia

Skilled medical malpractice lawyers have the experience to help you and your family

The spinal cord is an extremely sensitive area of the body, and acts as the key communicator between your brain and the rest of your body. When the spinal cord damaged by the negligent actions of a physician, the results can significantly diminish a patient’s quality of life—and could even lead to permanent paralysis and loss of motor function. Two of the more common (and serious) condition that result from spinal cord damage are known as paraplegia or quadriplegia. If your loved one has suffered from paraplegia or quadriplegia as the result of a medical mistake, contact the law firm of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. for skilled representation of your claim in Baltimore, Washington D.C., and throughout Maryland. We also take on large national class action lawsuits as well, and have the reputation, resources, and experience to tackle complex medical malpractice cases.

How paraplegia and quadriplegia occur

To understand how paraplegia and quadriplegia occur, it is important to consider the function of the spinal cord. This thin bundle of nerves extends from the brain to make up the central nervous system, which controls communication between the brain and all other parts of the body. If the spinal cord is damaged, communication is interrupted, and the brain can no longer send commands for the body to perform. This is called paralysis, and there are generally two types:

  • Paraplegia is partial or total paralysis occurring in the legs and lower half of the body. According to the Spinal Injury Network, this injury may present itself as an inability to walk or move the legs. It can also take the form of bladder or bowel dysfunction. Chronic pain and blood pressure complications are also common. Paraplegia is caused by injury to the mid or lower spine.
  • Quadriplegia results from injury to the top of the spinal cord, particularly in the neck area. It affects all four limbs of the body. The Spinal Injury Network explains that the severity of quadriplegia depends on the exact location of spinal damage. While some patients are able to breathe independently, others must rely on a ventilator to control the functions of their lungs.

Secure knowledgeable medical malpractice attorneys when physician error results in paraplegia or quadriplegia

While paralysis can result from a variety of events, medical negligence is often at fault. The following actions may lead to paralysis:

  • Misdiagnosis or failure to treat an underlying condition
  • Improper treatment of a spinal cord injury
  • Surgical errors causing damage to the spinal cord
  • Loss of oxygen to the brain during a medical procedure

Paraplegia or quadriplegia can also occur as the result of a birth injury. If a doctor, nurse, or other health care professional fails to take appropriate precautions and causes a traumatic injury to the baby’s spinal cord during labor and delivery, it could lead to either paraplegia or quadriplegia.

Experienced attorneys in Washington D.C. and Baltimore seek compensation for paraplegia and quadriplegia caused by medical malpractice

If substandard medical care resulted in paraplegia or quadriplegia, trust a firm with more than 30 years of medical malpractice representation experience to help you seek the compensation your case deserves. With offices in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, the attorneys of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. have earned numerous awards for their continuous legal service, and have secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of their clients. Put their award-winning experience to work for you by contacting the office at 410-234-1000 today.