Spinal cord injuries are not uncommon. The medical professionals with Johns Hopkins Medicine report an estimated 12,000 new spinal cord injuries every year, noting this form of injury is the most common cause of permanent disability in children and adults in the United States.
The need for spinal surgery: Those who decide to receive spinal surgery are generally doing so to fix a wrong. This can include a pinched nerve causing unbearable pain or an attempt to repair an injury.
Patients considering spinal surgery may conduct research to find a neurosurgeon, take the recommendation of other medical professionals or friends. However the patient finds this specialist, they expect the surgeon to operate with care. This is not always the case. In some situations, a physician may not have the experience or training needed to safely complete the procedure. In one case, a neurosurgeon falsely claimed to have the experience needed to complete spinal procedures. The doctor operated on 37 individuals and injured 33. Injuries ranged in severity from nerve damage to permanent paralysis to death. The physician's incompetence resulted in charges of criminal wrongdoing.
Need for legal counsel: Although most instances of malpractice do not rise to the level of criminal wrongdoing, patients can hold negligent medical professionals accountable through a civil suit.
Those who suffer a similar outcome and believe they may be the victim of medical negligence are wise to act promptly. Medical malpractice claims are often barred by time limits. An attorney experienced in surgical errors that lead to serious injury can review your case and provide guidance.