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Clinical Negligence Spinal Injuries
Suffering a spinal injury can have a devastating impact on your life, and if it was caused by the negligence of a medical professional it can be all the more distressing. However, making a spinal injury negligence claim can go some way to make up for the pain and suffering caused. At JMW, our solicitors have extensive experience in securing compensation for those who have suffered spinal injuries due to medical errors.
If you have been left injured after having medical treatment, or following a stay in hospital, contact us today. You can either call 0345 872 6666 or fill in our online contact form and we will get back to you at a more convenient time. We can handle cases on a no win, no fee basis.
To make a claim for spinal injury caused by an accident that was somebody else's fault, please visit our personal injury department.
How JMW Can Help
Our specialist medical negligence team has extensive experience in claiming compensation for those who have suffered spinal injuries as a result of mistakes by a clinician. Negligence cases such as these are often complex but our expert team has the required legal knowledge to secure the maximum possible amount of compensation.
We always take a professional and understanding approach and will do all we can to ensure you are well informed throughout the process, giving you the confidence that such an important matter is in the right hands.
The team understands just how debilitating spinal injuries can be, and the impact they can have both physically and psychologically, which is why we are in your corner to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
JMW is on the legal panel of the Cauda Equina Syndrome Association (CESA), an organisation dedicated to supporting people with spinal cord injury. In addition, members of the team are on the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel and the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence solicitors.
Causes of Medical Negligence Spinal Injuries
Spinal injuries caused by medical negligence can be very severe. Mistakes during surgery could lead to damaged nerves, affecting movement and feeling. In cases where cauda equina syndrome is missed or mistreated, patients can suffer permanent paralysis, impaired bladder and bowel control, and a complete loss of sexual sensation. If a patient presents with broken vertebrae or a crushed disc and a doctor fails to properly diagnose it, they could be in serious danger of paralysis and long-term mobility problems.
Some of the most common cases of spinal injuries caused by medical negligence we deal with include:
- Injuries caused by failure to diagnose
- Delayed treatment/improper treatment
We handle cases involving some of the most serious spinal injuries where it can be proven that doctors have made critical errors that have left patients with debilitating injuries and long-term problems.
The Impact of a Spinal Injury
Some people who suffer a spinal injury lose their mobility and find themselves dependent on a wheelchair or other walking aid. The loss of independence, impact on work and personal relationships and need for support to rebuild lives is clear to see. However, there are many other people living with a spinal cord injury who may not have an easily recognisable outward sign, but are still dealing with traumatic issues.
The more 'silent' symptoms are often the main problems for people living with a spinal condition called cauda equina syndrome (CES). While it too can cause mobility problems due to the nerve damage sufferers are left with, its hallmarks are the other disabilities associated with spinal cord injuries, such as bowel and bladder incontinence, loss of sexual sensation, numbness in the saddle area and ongoing neuropathic pain.
Sufferers of spinal cord injuries, such as CES, may find their condition leads to them being affected by employment issues, breakdowns in personal relationships, and loss of a 'normal' family and social life.
Spinal Injuries Explained
When a patient is diagnosed with a spinal injury due to the negligence of medical professionals, it can be a bewildering time for them and their family as they come to terms with the new condition and its implications.
Accessing information is not always easy, despite the spine forming such an important part of our body and avoidable injuries such as spinal fractures, spinal cord abscesses and cauda equina syndrome occurring more than they ought to. To tackle this issue, we have created an infographic to help simplify the sometimes confusing area of spinal injuries. We take a look at both the spinal column and the spinal cord, as well as explain the common causes and symptoms of some of the most serious spinal injuries and conditions.