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Paralysis from Medical Malpractice • Help When You Need It Most

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The human body is a magnificent wonder, able to send signals that control everything from the operation of internal organs to cognitive functions and limb movement.  However, when healthcare providers damage even the minutest cell of the brain or spinal cord, the resulting paralysis can sometimes be limited to minor limb tremors or, at worst,  full paralysis, causing the patient to suffer hemiplegia, paraplegia or quadriplegia.  The resulting paralysis can not only be devastating to patients who might permanently lose the capacity to earn a living or otherwise function normally in life, but to their families as well who are left with the responsibility of providing care and treatment to the patient.

In many cases, medical professionals have to choose a course of treatment that leaves the patient alive but with physical limitations, over another that may prove more damaging or even fatal. But when paralysis is the result of medical negligence, patients and their families need to hold the providers responsible for the injuries that create a lifetime of suffering and ongoing expenses. At the Malpractice Law Firm Jack H. Olender & Associates, PC, our mission is to help victims of these needless injuries pursue the full compensation they deserve.  The Olender law firm has the extra distinct advantage of employing a physician/lawyer and nurse/lawyer to help us prepare the case and point us in the right direction.

Common causes of paralysis from medical treatment

The delicate nature of the human spine makes it highly susceptible to injury. Doctors who must perform medical procedures on or near the spine can cause injury even when they deliver a superior standard of care. Our legal team has the medical knowledge and resources to identify when an injury is caused by medical negligence, such as:

  • From childbirth — Infants can sustain brachial plexus injuries when doctors exert an unnecessary degree of force during a difficult delivery process.  The infant is subsequently born with a malfunctioning arm. 
  • During surgery — Errors during neurological or orthopedic surgery may have a higher risk of causing paralysis, but any surgical error near the spine or brain can cause irreparable damage.
  • From incorrect or delayed diagnosis — Failure of a medical provider to recognize and promptly treat certain conditions, such as spinal cord disease or even stroke, can cause patients to permanently lose function.

The type of paralysis can affect the overall ability to function

Paralysis can affect a single muscle group or an entire region of the body. It is commonly categorized into three basic types:

  • Paraplegia affects the lower part of the body, including the legs.
  • Quadriplegia affects all four limbs.
  • Hemiplegia affects only one side of the body.

Assistive medical devices and occupational therapy help many paralysis victims continue productive lives. They nevertheless may lose the ability to work in their chosen professions and may face a lifetime of significant expenses and countless daily challenges. When medical negligence leads to injuries of this sort, the best course is usually to consult with a law firm that has extensive experience pursuing the compensation that will help ease the burden.

At Jack H. Olender & Associates, PC, we approach every case as a team. We combine our attorneys’ 200 years of malpractice and injury law experience to  produce an indomitable resource for victims of avoidable tragedies

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Contact us to see the difference our exceptional medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury attorneys can make in your case and in your life.  There is no risk in calling us.  Our firm does not charge a consultation fee to meet with clients and assess their particular case.  We work on a contingent (percentage) fee arrangement, so no legal fees are paid if money is not recovered on your behalf. We practice in District of Columbia and Maryland courts

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