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Paralysis through medical error
Paralysis is a life-changing condition that causes loss of function in certain muscles around the body. If you are paralysed because of a mistake made during surgery or treatment, it is important you are able to secure compensation that can help you to cope with the after-effects of such a devastating experience. At JMW, we have the expertise to guide you through this process.
Our solicitors approach all of our paralysis claims with sensitivity and a genuine desire to see you receive compensation that can improve your quality of life. Contact us for free by either calling 0800 054 6570 or by completing our online enquiry form and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.
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When medical errors occur they can have serious long-term effects on a person's health and wellbeing. Mistakes on the part of surgeons, doctors or nurses can often exacerbate conditions, increasing the amount of pain and suffering a patient has to endure.
Paralysis can leave sufferers unable to use certain limbs, such as their arms or legs, and it is a condition that changes lives. It can leave you unable to work and may mean that you require the help of a carer every day.
The condition is usually associated with the nerves or the spinal cord, which the brain uses to control muscles, as opposed to the muscles themselves. Some form of nerve damage is therefore typically experienced by a sufferer of paralysis.
There are two types of paralysis: localised and generalised. Localised is the term given when a certain part of the body is paralysed, such as the face, while generalised refers to the paralysis of a larger area of the body.
Paralysis can also be broken down by type, with some of the different types including:
- Monoplegia - This is the paralysis of one limb
- Hemiplegia - This is where one side of the body (the arm and leg) are paralysed
- Paraplegia - This is the name given when both legs are paralysed. This may also include part of the lower body and the pelvis
- Tetraplegia - Also referred to as quadriplegia, this is the paralysis of both the arms and legs
The most common causes of paralysis are cerebral palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, head injury and spinal cord injury, although there are various other conditions that can also contribute to you suffering from the condition. These include Guillain-Barre syndrome - a rare condition resulting from damage to the peripheral nervous system - cancers that develop in the brain, motor neurone disease, Lyme disease, birth defects, otherwise known as spina bifida, and the rare genetic condition Friedreich's ataxia.
At JMW, we have experience of dealing with a range of different medical error cases and we are confident in our ability to help you secure the compensation to which you are entitled. Some common medical errors that lead to paralysis include:
- Maternity errors leading to cerebral palsy in children
- Misdiagnosis of spinal cord damage
- Surgical errors that damage the spinal cord
- Anaesthesia errors
- Misdiagnosis of a stroke
- Failure to complete spinal cord surgery
- Failure to immobilise a serious trauma patient
Paralysis can hugely impact your day-to-day life. Just how much will depend on the type and severity of the paralysis. You may require a wheelchair or support from a carer, for example, or the condition may also lead to other secondary conditions, such as bowel incontinence, urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction.
These can all have very serious negative consequences on your ability to carry out everyday tasks and to live as you did before suffering from paralysis. If your condition was caused by the negligence of others, it is therefore imperative you are able to access compensation that can help you return, as close as possible, to the life you led before.
Compensation can help you and your family to cope with the trauma of your paralysis, covering various costs, including:
- Medical treatment
- Modifications to your home
- Loss of earnings caused by your condition
At JMW, our solicitors understand the stress involved in cases of serious medical errors and our team is committed to getting you the compensation you deserve.
We have helped clients with paralysis caused by delayed treatment, incorrect prescriptions and mistakes made before, during and after surgery. With the guidance of our expert team of solicitors, you will be placed in the best possible position to claim compensation for your injuries.
The JMW clinical negligence team has an excellent record of getting the right results. The team includes members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel and members of the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence. It is headed by leading solicitor Eddie Jones.