Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Surgical Errors Can Result in Paraplegia or Quadriplegia

Every year, hundreds of patients walk into the hospital and are injured so severely that they cannot walk out. Paralysis, paraplegia and quadriplegia are tragic repercussions of medical mistakes. The lifelong consequences are enormous and heartbreaking.

LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. was established in the 1980s with a focus on personal injury and medical malpractice recovery. Our firm handles the most challenging surgical malpractice cases, including those involving paralysis. Our legal team can help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled for devastating spinal injuries resulting from neurosurgical mistakes.

Botched Back Surgeries

Back surgery has improved the quality of life for many patients with chronic or acute pain and disability. However, a surgical error can sometimes leave a patient partially or completely paralyzed with no chance of recovery. For example, injuries may occur if a neurosurgeon installs screws and rods that compress the spinal cord or pierce the nerves during surgery. Oftentimes, nerve damage is irreversible. Common surgeries that could result in permanent spinal nerve injuries include:

  • Artificial disks implant as an alternative to vertebrae fusion
  • Diskectomy to remove the herniated portion of disks to relieve inflammation and pain
  • Fusion to permanently join two vertebrae
  • Laminectomy to enlarge the spinal canal if stenosis is causing pressure to the nerves
  • Scoliosis to correct curvature of the spine
  • Vertebroplasty to inject cement that binds a fractured or compressed vertebra

Meningitis and Infections

Meningitis is inflammation of the membrane surrounding the spinal cord and brain. The condition may originate from a viral, fungal, bacterial or parasitic infection. Although there are many ways you can contract contagious meningitis, contaminated pharmaceuticals and unsterilized equipment used in spinal back surgery have been commonly linked to infections. In addition, noninfectious meningitis can develop from an adverse drug reaction, as a complication of certain diseases or after brain or spinal surgeries.

Meningitis is considered a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment to prevent long-term complications, including organ failure, brain damage and paralysis. If you developed meningitis while in the hospital, the facility may be liable for exposing you to the medical condition and then ignoring the symptoms until it was too late.

Baltimore Surgical Error Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Recover Compensation for Paralysis Caused by Medical Malpractice

For more information about medical malpractice claims involving paralysis, paraplegia or quadriplegia, call LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact our firm online to schedule your free initial consultation. Our Maryland medical malpractice lawyers represent clients on a contingency-fee basis. We are available by phone 24 hours a day to take your call. Let us know how we can fight for you.