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Spinal Cord Injury Malpractice Claims in New Mexico

Spinal cord injuries can be painful, costly, and debilitating. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury because of a botched surgery, or if your spinal cord injury was made worse due to an incidence of medical malpractice, you may be able to file a claim for compensation that will cover your medical bills and other expenses.

At James Wood Law, our Albuquerque spinal cord injury attorneys represent clients who have suffered from spinal injuries and any resulting paralysis due to medical malpractice. We can help you stand up to the medical practitioner responsible for your paraplegia, quadriplegia, or other type of paralysis and ensure you receive the funds you need to make the best recovery possible.

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What Is Spinal Cord Injury?

The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves housed in the spinal column, or “backbone.” It is a vital part of the human body and, if damaged, can result in partial or full loss of motor control and/or sensation. A spinal cord injury may affect more than your ability to move a limb; victims often have trouble breathing, controlling their bladder, and/or with sexual function following such an injury. Spinal cord injuries can have many causes, such as car accidents and falls, but on this page, we will cover cases related to botched spinal surgery and other forms of medical malpractice.

Examples of the consequences of spinal cord injuries include:

  • Paralysis: Loss of motor control and/or sensation. Spinal cord injuries may cause mild to severe paralysis throughout the body depending on the seriousness of the injury.
  • Paraplegia: Total or partial paralysis in the legs and lower part of the body, below the torso.
  • Quadriplegia: Total or partial paralysis in all four limbs. Also known as tetraplegia.

Other complications that may arise from botched spinal surgery include:

  • Blood vessel damage
  • Chronic pain
  • Cognitive or neurological issues
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Incontinence
  • Infections
  • Tingling or numbness, especially in arms and legs

When Medical Negligence Leads to a Spinal Cord Injury

People trust doctors to look out for their best interests, and, for the most part, they do. However, doctors are only human and medical science can only go so far. Therefore, failed surgeries and other errors are unfortunately bound to happen from time to time. The unfortunate reality is that many of these are preventable.

If your medical provider competently handled your treatment and did everything they could to prevent your injury, then you most likely will not have a medical malpractice claim. However, if your spinal cord injury occurred or became worse due to negligence or carelessness on the surgeon or another medical practitioner’s part, you can file a claim for compensation.

Common causes of spinal cord injuries due to medical malpractice include:

  • Anesthesia errors: If spinal anesthesia is administered improperly, it can lead to complications such as epidural hematoma, which can cause permanent spinal cord issues.
  • Emergency room errors: This may occur if an emergency room patient with a serious back injury is improperly diagnosed, resulting in the doctors moving the patient in a fashion that makes the injury worse.
  • Neglect: In some cases, a patient’s lack of adequate care can lead to a medical malpractice claim.
  • Misdiagnosis: An undiagnosed or incorrect diagnosis of a back injury, infection, or tumor can lead to a spinal cord injury forming or becoming worse.
  • Surgery errors: There are many types of surgical errors that can result in a spinal cord injury. Specific types of back or spinal surgeries that have a high rate of malpractice or chance to go wrong include spinal fusion, discectomy, laminectomy, and nerve ablation.

Compensation in Spinal Cord Injury Cases

The financial toll of a spinal cord injury can be severe. Spinal cord injuries tend to be catastrophic, meaning they result in permeant and debilitating damage to the body. This means that victims may need medical care for the rest of their lives, which can add up quickly.

If you file a spinal cord injury claim in New Mexico, you should be eligible to receive compensation to cover all of your medical treatment, now and into the future. Any medical expense related to your failed back surgery or malpractice that caused your injury will be paid for, including necessary surgeries, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy, live-in care, and more.

You can also receive lost wages from taking time off work or losing your job as well as compensation for pain and suffering. Contact our Albuquerque spinal cord injury lawyers today to discuss your claim.

Consult with a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer in Albuquerque, NM Today!

Proving you have suffered from medical malpractice can be a complicated process involving extensive medical evidence and expert testimony, among other procedures. This is because it is ultimately up to you to prove causation by showing exactly how your doctor or surgeon directly caused your injury or contributed to it worsening.

By hiring a spinal cord injury attorney in Albuquerque, you get an experienced legal guide who understands exactly what you must do to build a viable claim—and win. With a local failed back surgery lawyer on your side, you are also more likely to receive the maximum compensation possible in your back surgery malpractice case.

Injured by a doctor's malpractice or negligence? We are here to help. Contact us when you are ready to get started on your spinal cord injury claim.

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