A person undergoes surgery expecting that a medical condition will be properly addressed. Although there are some instances in which a person undergoing an operation knows that doing so involves a certain degree of risk, in general, a person does not expect a surgeon to harm them.
Unfortunately, sometimes surgeons do cause harm as a result of negligence. This can involve negligence on the part of the surgeon, on the part of anyone assisting with the operation, or even on the part of the designers or manufacturers of equipment used during surgery.
Regardless of who the careless party may be, surgical errors can result in major injury. Some surgical errors even leave victims paralyzed.
The following are among the more common scenarios in which surgery may cause paralysis:
Making incisions in the correct places is one of the most vital tasks a surgeon or members of their team must perform during a wide range of operations. Sometimes, those making incisions do so in the wrong places, resulting in nerve damage that can leave parts of a patient’s body temporarily or permanently paralyzed.
It is critical that those performing surgery on a patient consistently monitor the patient’s condition to ensure they are receiving enough oxygen to the brain. When surgeons and other healthcare professionals fail to do so, a patient can suffer from hypoxia, which may lead to paralysis.
Medication and anesthesia errors represent some of the most common causes of harm sustained by patients undergoing surgery. Paralysis can be the result of a medication error if a patient receives too much anesthesia. Receiving a very high quantity of anesthesia can cause brain damage. Some forms of brain damage leave patients paralyzed.
It’s also worth noting that negligence can allow a patient to suffer from paralysis even after a surgical operation has been completed successfully. In many cases, it is necessary to transfer a patient to a post-operative setting where they will be carefully monitored after they have undergone surgery. This can be necessary because patients might be at risk of developing infections after being operated on.
Some of these infections can lead to bacterial meningitis if they are not promptly addressed. If this happens, patients can become paralyzed, or even lose their lives.
Have you become paralyzed after undergoing surgery? Do you have a reason to believe your paralysis is the result of negligence? If so, you may be eligible to recover compensation for such losses as your medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, and more.
You can pursue the compensation you may be owed by filing a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit. Just be aware that proving you have a valid case can be extremely difficult if you lack the proper qualifications and experience. To maximize your chances of collecting what you deserve, enlist the help of a Honolulu paralysis attorney at Kurzban, Kurzban, Tetzeli & Pratt. Learn more about what we can do for you by contacting us online or calling us at 866-377-3676 to schedule a consultation.