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Woman claims spinal cord injury due to surgical error

An injury to the spinal cord can be devastating. It can cause mobility problems that may make it difficult for a victim to sustain employment or complete basic activities of daily living. When a spinal cord injury is the result of medical error, it can seem particularly traumatic, as the patient likely put his or her trust in medical professionals that should have improved the person's life. This is what one couple alleges in their medical malpractice lawsuit against two surgeons and a hospital. New York families may be interested in this story as it could happen to anyone facing surgery.

The injured woman and her husband have filed suit against two neurosurgeons and a hospital. They claim that the surgeons unnecessarily implanted spinal cord stimulator paddles that ended up disabling her. They also claim that if the surgeons had done a CT scan or an X-ray, her true problem would have been properly diagnosed and treated, which was apparently abnormal bone growth. It is also alleged that the surgeons should have noted an inconsistent response from the areas behind the woman's two knee joints that would have directed them not to install the stimulator. 

The woman claims that she experienced paralysis as well as problems with her bowels and bladder immediately after the surgery. She also says that she still requires a walker or wheelchair to get around now and that she needs the assistance of others for every day tasks such as grooming and dressing herself. Another hospital allegedly made a proper diagnosis and removed the stimulator several months later.

This case shows just how much patients rely on their physicians for proper diagnosis and treatment. If a surgeon, doctor or another health care provider fails to uphold a reasonable standard of care, the consequences to the patient can be life-altering. Pursuing a medical malpractice claim may be the best chance a victim has to recoup monetary losses due to a spinal cord injury. Those here in New York considering this option may want to consult an attorney.

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