It can be difficult to accept that medical professionals can end up causing us harm. But this is a fact we must learn to live with. As the leading medical malpractice lawyer in Baltimore, our ultimate goal is both to help our clients and to raise awareness about the many forms malpractice can take. Today, we’d like to explore how medical malpractice can cause paralysis.
Some birth injuries are unavoidable, but far more are not. Even worse is when a child’s injury can be attributed directly to the negligence of a medical professional—a situation that is all too common.
While no amount of medical expertise can guarantee that every baby will be born perfectly healthy, they do have a duty to monitor for signs of fetal distress and take countermeasures to reduce their risk of injury. Most often, this will take the form of a c-section.
Many of the most common birth injuries are in fact some form of paralysis. Here are a few of the most significant:
- Erb’s palsy
- Facial paralysis
- Klumpke’s palsy
- Cerebral palsy
Every time you hear the word ‘palsy,’ you should keep in mind that this is just another way of referring to paralysis.
Generally speaking, paralysis can result from a birth injury in one of two ways: oxygen deprivation or improper use of tools to assist a difficult delivery. Sometimes, the paralysis is minor and will go away in time. But this is not always the case, and some victims of birth injuries will remain paralyzed for life.
The other major way that medical malpractice can cause birth injury is through surgical errors. Most often, this tends to occur when a surgery takes place near a patient’s spine or brain. Like with paralyzing birth injuries, we can break down surgical errors resulting in paralysis down into two major categories: negligent damage of the spinal cord, and a lack of oxygen to the patient.
Doctors receive more training than those in any other profession. As such, we should be able to trust them with our health and the health of our children. If you believe medical malpractice may be responsible for your paralysis or that of a loved one, please contact us for a free case evaluation.
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