Everyone expects for their doctors and surgeons to be perfect being and never make mistakes, but they are human just like the rest of us. However, mistakes in the medical field can be detrimental, leading to serious injury or even wrongful death. Medical negligence can occur in many different ways. Here is some more information on medical negligence leading to spinal cord injuries.
What Is A Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury occurs when some sort of traumatic event causes damage to spinal cord cells or cuts nerve pathways throughout the spinal cord. It can also be any damage that occurs to the bone and tissue surrounding the spinal cord. These injuries can be a result of anything from auto accidents, slip and falls, to sports accidents. The most common causes of spinal cord injuries are contusions (bruising), compression (pressure), and lacerations (tearing of nerves within the cord).
Standard Of Care
Every doctor takes an oath to abide by the proper standard of care for their patients. When they breach this standard of care, it can become an issue of medical negligence. Typically, the standard of care is breached if the doctor fails to obtain consent from a patient, properly diagnose a patient, or provide appropriate treatment for the patient. The standard of care is determined by the specific symptoms and conditions of a patient along with that doctor’s skills and knowledge.
Spinal cord injuries become an issue of medical malpractice when the doctor’s own negligence leads to the injures. Some of the possibilities include:
- The doctor misdiagnosing a medical condition that leads to spinal cord damage
- Performing a surgery or procedure on the spine that is done below the standard of care
- Failing to treat any post-surgical complications effectively, resulting in spinal cord injuries
In order for these mistakes to be considered medical negligence, the mistakes must have directly resulted in the spinal cord injuries.
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