Paralysis is for the most expensive type of medical malpractice claims in Hawaii and elsewhere across the United States, as victims paralyzed as a result of a medical error can recover millions of dollars in damages.
And it is not so surprising considering that paralysis is most of the times permanent and cannot be treated or fixed. When people hear the word “paralysis,” many of them think about spinal paralysis or paraplegia (loss of mobility from the waist down).
But there are also other types of paralysis that you can sue your doctor, surgeon, nurse or another medical professional for, including loss of mobility in all four limbs, one side of the body, as well as facial paralysis. Our Hawaii paralysis attorney Jed Kurzban explains that there are certain signs that can help you determine that you were a victim of medical malpractice and are entitled to compensation.
Without exaggeration, paralysis is one of the worst things that can happen to you. Typically, paralysis occuan rs when there is injury to the brain or the spinal cord, and patients diagnosed with paralysis can endure life-long suffering unable to enjoy their lives to the fullest.
In order to figure out whether or not your paralysis was caused by negligence or recklessness on the part of your healthcare provider or hospital, it is essential to understand what the most common causes of paralysis due to medical negligence are out there.
A huge number of paralysis medical malpractice claims are filed by parents of newborns who become paralyzed upon delivery after obstetricians fail to provide a high standard of care. In such cases, infants may suffer from cerebral palsy, which in turn, can cause paralysis.
Our best medical malpractice attorneys in Hawaii at the Kurzban Kurzban, Tetzeli & Pratt P.A. explain that paralysis during labor can be caused by damage to the brain and occur due to any of the following reasons (or a combination of):
You may also be entitled to sue the negligent surgeon or doctor and recover damages if your paralysis was caused by a surgical error. Each year, thousands of paralysis-related medical malpractice claims filed across the U.S. allege that a surgical error was to blame.
For example, if a surgeon operates on the wrong part of the brain or negligently damages the brain or spinal cord during a surgery, he or she may be held liable. Similarly, if medical professionals fail to ensure that their patient is receiving an adequate amount of oxygen, and that patient becomes paralyzed after a surgery, the victim may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Also, giving a patient an inadequate amount of anesthesia or improperly diagnosing the patient are common causes of paralysis in the U.S. If your Hawaii paralysis lawyer can prove that your paralysis was caused by negligence or recklessness on the part of a surgeon, doctor, physician, nurse, or another member of hospital staff, you may be entitled to compensation to cover your medical expenses, recover lost wages, loss of earning capacity as well as non-economic damages.
Seek legal advice of our Hawaii medical malpractice attorneys at the Kurzban Kurzban, Tetzeli & Pratt P.A. Get a free consultation by calling our offices at 808-800-2445 or fill out this contact form.