Most Florida residents know what medical malpractice is. It is when a patient suffers an injury due to the mishandling, misdiagnosis or negligence of a medical professional. These errors may occur during diagnosis, treatment or in the aftercare and follow-ups. Among medical malpractice injuries, spinal cord injuries do occur. These debilitating injuries may occur due to a number of different errors or acts of negligence.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center releases statistical updates on spinal cord injuries. Spinal Cord Among catastrophic medical malpractice injuries, spinal cord injuries are some of the most serious. In fact, 4.6% of all spinal cord injuries resulted from medical malpractice between 2015 and 2018. SCI cases are not inclusive of those who died at the site or location that caused the injury.
A doctor may mishandle a patient or err when administering spinal anesthetic. Complications in surgery involving the spinal cord can also result in catastrophic injuries. In emergency room situations, if physicians misdiagnose a patient, it can result in permanent injuries. This is why it is crucial for doctors to immobilize a patient’s neck and head.
According to Web MD, there are two types of spinal cord injuries. These types include incomplete injuries and complete injuries. In a complete injury, the patient loses his or her ability to move and to feel below the injury. In an incomplete injury, there will still be some feeling and function. Both categories of spinal cord injuries can result in a chronic pain, disability and a loss to the patient’s quality of life.