Type of Injury
When someone undergoes surgery, they assume that the process will make them feel better when it’s over.
But all surgeries run the risk of complications arising during the procedure, particularly in an area as sensitive as their spinal cord.
Spinal surgery carries with it a lot of risks that may be unavoidable to the operating doctor. As the process of repairing a spine from existing trauma or damage is a complicated and lengthy procedure involving a lot of sensitive, delicate parts of the body, the risks of undergoing these procedures are high – but can be necessary for many people.
This high amount of spinal injuries necessitate a large number of surgeries done to repair the damage and try to restore the sufferer’s life to some semblance of normalcy. But with any medical procedure as complex and involved as spinal surgery, there’s always the risk of injury. These injuries or complications can often leave you worse off than you were before the surgery, and can cause greater medical issues down the road.
Common causes of spinal injury
What are some common injury risks during spinal surgery?
Above and beyond the standard risks undertaken during any major surgical procedure, some of the more devastating injuries you may suffer during spinal surgery include:
- Partial or complete paralysis due to damage or injuries to the cervical region near the neck
- Anesthesia complications, where the anesthetic is ineffective or causes additional health concerns
- Deep vein thrombosis, or blood clots in the legs formed during surgery involving the lower extremities or base of the spinal column
These injuries can leave you paralyzed or otherwise injured for life, and in certain cases may have been prevented through more careful work on the doctor’s part.
What conditions may result from injuries from spinal cord surgery?
If you have suffered an injury during spinal cord surgery, you may be left with a number of debilitating conditions, including:
- Partial or complete paralysis of the body
- Internal/organ damage suffered during the procedure
- Inability to return to work
- Need for in-home care and assistance
These injuries, among others, can prove to be a serious and lifelong impact on your life, and may have been caused due to negligence on the part of your operating physician or other medical facility staff.
Contact a spinal surgery injury lawyer today
If you or a loved one were injured during a critical spinal surgery and have been left paralyzed or otherwise injured, you may be able to seek damages under California law.
The Wallace Firm is a team of talented, compassionate personal injury attorneys who will be at your side through the entire process of filing a spinal surgery injury claim for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages. We’ll go to bat for you against even the largest medical providers out there, and we won’t stop until we’ve gotten you the justice you deserve.