Spinal Cord Injuries Due to Medical Errors Lawyers in Pittsburgh, PA
Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys Serving Injured Victims Throughout Western Pennsylvania
The spinal cord is critical to healthy bodily function. It is one of two core components of your body’s central nervous system and is the key point of contact for your peripheral nervous system.
When you think about picking up a glass of water to drink from, for example, the brain signals are sent down through your spinal cord and to the hand, directing your fingers to pick up the glass. Information is sent back the other way, too. Sensory information travels back through your peripheral nerves, up the spinal cord, and into the brain, where you process the data and “feel” the glass.
Without the spinal cord, your body would be severed from your mind. Injuries to the spinal cord can, therefore, be particularly devastating for victims to deal with.
Healthcare professionals sometimes act negligently in providing care to their patients. If you have been inflicted with a spinal cord injury as a direct result of a negligent medical error, call Berger & Lagnese, LLC, today to set up a free consultation to evaluate your claims.
Medical Malpractice Errors Leading to Spinal Cord Injuries
Common medical errors leading to spinal cord injury include:
- Failure to diagnose, such as failing to identify a tumor before it has spread and caused irreversible damage to the spinal cord
- Anesthesia-related errors, such a failure to properly monitor a patient during surgery
- Surgical complications resulting in damage to the spinal cord
- Negligent exposure to infections in the hospital
Medical errors can lead to spinal cord injuries of varying severity. Medical errors are not always easy to spot, however. A medical error may seem rather innocuous at first but may lead to severe injuries if left uncorrected.
Effects of Spinal Cord Injury
The effects of spinal cord injury are wide ranging and may alter many aspects of the victim’s life. Generally speaking, the further up on the spine that an injury occurs, the more severe the consequences will be.
If you are injured by the cervical nerves at the top of your spine, for example, then you may experience impaired function in all of your extremities.
The effects of spinal cord injury include:
- A variety of painful sensations (i.e., burning, stabbing, generalized pain, etc.)
- Paralysis or otherwise impaired motor function
- Limb weakness
- Trembling, shaking, and other involuntary motor issues
- Sensory difficulties, such as an impaired ability to feel texture or temperature
Spinal cord injuries tend to be especially damaging to the lives of those who are physically active or those who have physically laborious careers, such as plumbers, construction workers, warehouse workers, and others. For such clients, spinal cord injuries are therefore likely to lead to damages for quality-of-life, disability, wage loss, and loss of future earning capacity. Contact Berger & Lagnese, LLC, today to claim your damages.
Contact Our Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Firm Today
Spinal cord injuries can be very complicated to litigate. A skilled medical malpractice attorney must coordinate with spinal cord injury experts, healthcare professionals, and others to fully investigate your injuries and to argue your claims. Here at Berger & Lagnese, LLC, our Pennsylvania attorneys have almost three decades of experience litigating medical malpractice claims, with the case results to prove it.
If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury due to medical errors, we’d be happy to work with you to help you resolve your claims. Call us today at 412-471-4300 or contact us through our online contact form to set up a free consultation today.