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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 claim compensation that can help you to cope with the after-effects of such a devastating experience. At JMW, our solicitors 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 0345 872 6666 or by completing our online enquiry form and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible. We offer legal representation on a no win, no fee basis.
If your paralysis was caused by an accident that wasn't your fault, our personal injury solicitors can help you to make a claim. Visit our dedicated page to find out more.
How JMW Can Help
We have helped clients with paralysis caused by delayed treatment, incorrect prescriptions and mistakes made before, during and after surgery by suing the NHS on their behalf. 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 medical negligence team has an excellent record of getting the right results following cases of malpractice. The team, headed by leading solicitor Eddie Jones, includes members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel and members of the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence solicitors.
Making a Claim for Paralysis Caused by Medical Negligence
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, leaving those affected unable to work and potentially needing the help of a carer every day.
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
- Failure to immobilise a serious trauma patient
Paralysis can hugely impact a person's day-to-day life, and just how much of an impact it has will depend on the type and severity of the paralysis. For example, a wheelchair or support from a carer may be required, or paralysis may also lead to secondary conditions, such as bowel incontinence, urinary incontinence or sexual dysfunction. These can all have very serious negative consequences on a person's ability to carry out everyday tasks, stopping people from living as they did before suffering from paralysis. If medical negligence was the reason you or a loved one have ended up paralysed, claiming compensation can help you return, as close as possible, to the life you led before.
Claiming compensation can help you and your family to cope with the trauma of your paralysis by helping to cover costs, including:
- Medical treatment
- Modifications to your home
- Care requirements
- Loss of earnings
At JMW, our solicitors understand the stress involved in cases of serious medical errors, and are committed to getting you the compensation you deserve.
What are the types of paralysis?
There are two types of paralysis:
- Localised, which is the term given when a certain part of the body is paralysed
- Generalised, which refers to the paralysis of a larger area of the body
Paralysis can be broken down further by category. Some of the categories include:
- Monoplegia - the paralysis of one limb
- Hemiplegia - the paralysis of one side of the body (i.e. the arm and leg)
- Paraplegia - the paralysis of both legs, which may also include part of the lower body and the pelvis
- Tetraplegia - the paralysis of both the arms and legs, also referred to as quadriplegia
What causes paralysis?
The most common causes of paralysis include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Multiple sclerosis
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Motor neurone disease
- Lyme disease
- Spina bifida
- Friedreich's ataxia