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Claim for Paralysis

What is Paralysis?

Paralysis defined means the loss of ability to use certain muscles; this could lead to loss of feeling or loss of function to part or all of the body. The nerves and spinal cord are extremely fragile, and we use them to control the muscles. If either nerves or cord is damaged, it can result in paralysis.

Losing the ability to move part of the body can be life changing for both victim and family. Adjustments may be needed to the home as well as round the clock support and care.

What Are The Main Causes of Paralysis?

  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Motor Neurone disease
  • Head injury
  • Lyme disease

How Can Medical Negligence Cause Paralysis?

Unfortunately, paralysis due to medical negligence does occur. This can be due to:
  • Operation mistakes that led to paralysis after surgery
  • Failure to remove a spinal tumour
  • Failure to immobilise a trauma patient
  • Misdiagnosis of a stroke
  • Anaesthesia errors
  • Inaction
If any of these circumstances have happened to you, or a family member, you could claim for compensation.

Successful claims for paralysis can help with costs of adapting your home, the costs of care and support, and any other expenses incurred. The court will take into consideration the distress caused by the paralysis and the life changing impact it has on you and family.

Case Study: Paralysis After Spinal Surgery

D v Cardiff & Vale University Health Board

This claim included allegations for unnecessary surgery, as well as a failure to properly consent for that surgery.

The claimant had been diagnosed with a spinal cell tumour. The first surgery failed to remove the complete tumour. It was alleged that second surgery to remove the remnant surgery was unnecessary at that time and the claimant was not made fully-aware of alternatives to surgery. The claimant was paralysed following the second surgery.

Damages exceeded £1,000,000.

Discover If You Could Have a Claim

If you have suffered paralysis after surgery or an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Find out more about claims for paralysis by discussing your case with one of our trained medical negligence solicitors. Get in touch today.
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