Washington D.C. and Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyers Upholding Legal Justice for Spinal Cord Injury Victims
Knowledgeable attorneys protecting the rights of malpractice victims in Washington D.C., Baltimore, and across Maryland
Spinal cord injuries are some of the most expensive and life-changing injuries one can sustain. Whether sustained in a car accident, as the result of a nasty fall, or by virtue of a medical mistake, these injuries can render an individual incapable of daily functioning and bankrupt a family through endless medical and physical therapy bills. Clearly, not all spinal cord injuries qualify as medical malpractice. There are, however, a number of instances in which an individual suffering a spinal cord injury or their family has a rightful claim to compensation under Maryland or Washington D.C. medical malpractice law.
To determine if the spinal injury you or a loved one has sustained qualifies you for compensation, contact a medical malpractice lawyer with extensive experience litigating spinal cord injuries. The legal team at Schochor, Federico and Staton has a successful history of representing injured individuals like you in Washington D.C., Baltimore, and throughout Maryland.
What is a spinal cord injury?
A spinal cord injury is any damage to the spinal cord that results in loss of motor control and sensation. This loss of control can be either full or partial. Due to the crucial role the spinal cord plays in the human body, victims of spinal cord injuries suffer lifetime health problems that include loss of mobility in the upper and/or lower half of their body, paralysis of the one or more limb, breathing problems, bladder and bowel problems and sexual dysfunction.
Types of spinal cord injury medical malpractice cases
There are two main categories of spinal cord injury cases seen by our Washington D.C. and Baltimore, MD medical malpractice lawyers:
- Spinal cord injuries resulting from negligence. If your spinal cord injury was directly caused by an act of negligence on the part of a health care provider, you are then entitled to bring a case against that person.
- Spinal cord injuries resulting from defective products. The second category of spinal cord injury seen in litigation are those resulting from defective equipment. If a medical device malfunctions or is found to be defective and that can be proven as the direct cause of your injury, you have a viable products liability case.
If you have suffered an injury as a direct result of the negligence of a party or a defective product, you are entitled to bring a medical malpractice case against the health care professional found negligent or a products liability case against the manufacturer responsible for the creation and sale of the defective product. What kind of compensation should you expect? Financial reimbursement is designed to cover all past, present and future costs accrued by you or your family as a direct result of your injury. These costs can include medical bills, loss of wages, the money of needed home health aides, as well as the cost of needed medical equipment. The level of compensation awarded depends on the severity of the negligence and the severity of the injury. You are also entitled to compensation for your physical pain, emotional anguish and destruction of your quality of life.
James D. Cardea discusses a case of a 46-year-old woman with a herniated disc in her neck. When a surgeon breached the standard of care during her surgery, he inflicted direct trauma to her spinal cord, leaving the patient in a wheel chair and unable to control her bowels. This is another example of medical negligence with devastating effects for a patient. Click to hear the case.
Our skilled Baltimore and Washington D.C. medical malpractice attorneys are here to help
If you believe your injury could have been prevented and are living with the unbearable financial, physical and emotional burden of a spinal cord injury, you are entitled to compensation. Call 410-234-1000 to speak with a legal expert at Schochor, Federico and Staton today. Our team will walk you through the litigation process and work tirelessly to ensure you and your family are compensated fairly. Please schedule an appointment to visit with an attorney in either our Washington D.C. or Baltimore, Maryland office.