A spinal cord injury (SCI) is among the most serious type of injury that a person can sustain. The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that allows the brain to communicate with the rest of the body. As a result, injuries to it can cause a variety of significant complications, including paralysis below the site of the injury. Even in less serious cases, victims may develop problems like loss of range of motion, muscle weakness, numbness, and pain.
When spinal cord injuries are caused or aggravated by medical malpractice, victims can often recover for their losses. Medical malpractice is a type of professional negligence that occurs when a medical professional does not conduct himself or herself in accordance with the standard of care defined by Florida law. Because of the legal complexities involved in medical malpractice cases, individuals who believe that they have been injured by the negligence of a medical professional should talk to a Clearwater spine injury malpractice attorney immediately.
Some of the more common ways that medical malpractice can arise in cases involving spinal cord injury are detailed below.
Early medical treatment can have an impact on the outcome of a spinal cord injury. This is often because the body’s natural inflammatory response to injury can cause further damage to the spinal cord. When a physician or other medical professional fails to diagnose a spinal cord injury, it can cause medical issues that could have been prevented.
There are standard accepted courses of treatment for a spinal cord injury. If a physician fails to follow this course of treatment, it may constitute medical malpractice. Importantly, the courts recognize that doctors may have differences of opinion regarding certain medical issues or may try unconventional treatments that may be controversial. For this reason, not every departure from standard treatment will be treated as medical malpractice. The question still remains as to whether a physician or other medical professional’s conduct was reasonable in light of all relevant circumstances.
Another way medical malpractice may be implicated in a case involving spinal cord injury is when medical treatment itself causes this type of injury. For example, an error made during back surgery or another procedure involving or close to the spine could potentially cause damage to the spinal cord. When this occurs, victims are able to sustain a medical malpractice claim against the individual or organization responsible for their injury.
People who have been injured by the negligence of medical professionals may be entitled to financial compensation, particularly if a spinal cord injury is involved. For this reason, anyone who believes that he or she has been affected by medical malpractice should contact an attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced Clearwater spinal cord injury medical malpractice attorney, contact Paul B. Genet at 727-538-8865.
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