Medical negligence can lead to a variety of spinal injuries. During spinal surgery a surgeon may have made mistakes which resulted in damage to the spinal cord, spinal column, the surrounding nerves, the dural sac (membranous sheath or tube of dura mater that surrounds the spinal cord and the cauda equina) and neighbouring tissues. A misdiagnosed spinal infection could also result in serious complications.
The spine is a very delicate area and any infection or negligent surgery or treatment could result in a serious loss of function and mobility, paralysis and even death. If you believe that your GP, surgeon, consultant, nurse or other healthcare provider was negligent in the care provided for your spine condition, you may be entitled to make spinal injury compensation claim.
Compensation for medical negligence associated with the spine or back surgery or misdiagnosis could provide for:
- Specialist private surgery or treatment to repair the damage
- Necessary care and assistance
- Long-term physiotherapy
- Medical aids or equipment, including mobility aids
- Rehabilitation or home adaptations
- Loss of earnings
- Expenses (e.g. travel costs)
Devonshires Claims’ experienced medical negligence solicitors support patients in obtaining justice and compensation for the negligent medical treatment they have received. We also provide a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that you will not be charged any upfront legal costs in order to start your compensation claim and if your claim is not successful, you will not have to pay any costs*.
For more information, or to start your spine or back injury medical negligence claim, contact our experts today. Call us on 0333 900 8787, email email@example.com or complete our online form.
Situations Where Back or Spine Medical Negligence Injuries Could Occur
Mistakes made by a surgeon or during back or spine treatment could include:
- Cutting or damaging the spinal cord or nerves
- Incomplete removal of a herniated disc or bone spur – which can lead to residual pressure on the nerve.
- Over-trimmed bone – which can cause excessive movement of the spinal column making the back unstable and lead to pinching of the nerves
- Operating on the wrong part of the spine
- Incorrectly removing parts of vertebrae causing instability in the spinal column
- Cutting or tearing the dural sac surrounding the spinal cord, causing cerebral spinal fluid to leak. A drural tear could have serious consequences such as CSF fistula formation, pseudomeningocele, meningitis, arachnoiditis and epidural abscess.
- Cutting or damaging neighbouring tissues and organs.
- Mistakes made when administering injections, such as a facet joint or caudal epidural injection
- Injecting the wrong drug into the spine eg a dye.
One of the most common back or spinal procedures is lumbar decompressions surgery – which could include: spinal fusion surgery, discectomies, disc replacement surgery, laminectomies, aminotomies.
Aspects of medical negligence associated with spine surgery or treatment include:
- Unnecessary surgery or incorrect spine or back surgery for the condition
- Unnecessary delay in surgery which lead to further problems or complications
- The delay in performing emergency or critical spinal surgery or treatment
- Lack of informed consent for back or spinal treatment. A doctor must advise a patient of the treatment options available and all the significant risks of a treatment whether this is an injection, surgery or other treatment. They must also inform the patient of any changes to their treatment plan. The patient must understand and accept these risks and give clear consent.
Mistakes made when administering anaesthesia for a spine or back procedure or during pregnancy:
- Spinal epidural, used in a spinal tap or during childbirth, can damage the nerves of the spinal cord if carried our incorrectly
The misdiagnosis of spinal infections or disease by a GP, consultant or other healthcare provider. These could include the misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of:
- A nerve or spinal cord injury, damaged or fractured vertebrae and discs
- A cerebral spinal fluid leak (especially following spine or back surgery)
- A spinal cord infection
- A spinal cord tumour or abscess
- Cauda equina syndrome
- Certain degenerative conditions relating to the nervous system
Negligence associated with post-surgery management of infections or complications. This could include the failure to:
- Identify the symptoms of a cerebral spinal leak and provide treatment
- Identify the symptoms of a spine infection (e.g. vertebral osteomyelitis, spinal epidural abscess , discitis , spinal subdural empyema, spinal cord abscess), or haematoma and provide treatment.
- Identify the symptoms of a blood clot or deep vein thrombosis, identify the risks of developing a clot following spine surgery and provide treatment
- Identify fluid building up around a nerve i.e. compression on the nerve following surgery
Many of these conditions or infections can be managed if caught early, otherwise paralysis or even death could result.
Making a Spinal injury Compensation Claim
Damage to the spinal cord, the nerves, and vertebrae could have serious consequences such as pain, numbness, tingling, weakness of a muscle or limb, impaired bladder and bowel control, paralysis and even death. Unfortunately mistakes do occur and a GP, surgeon, consultant, nurse or other health care professional could be negligent in the care they provided for your spine injury or disease.
Serious spinal injuries and spinal cord damage could result in
- Tetraplegia (also known as quadriplegia) – the injury usually results in the partial or total loss of both sensation and motor control of all limbs.
- Paraplegia – impairment of motor or sensory function of the lower part of the body.
Calculating how much compensation you can claim for a spinal cord injury can be complicated as there are a number of factors in play. At Devonshires Claims, our medical negligence solicitors are experienced in carefully assessing your injury and liaising with medical experts to secure the best compensation pay-out for you. We can help you access the best private treatment, therapy and rehabilitation so you make the quickest possible recovery from your spinal injury.
We will make your spine injury or damage claim as easy as possible so you can focus on your recovery and rehabilitation. For your free case evaluation and to determine how much compensation you could potentially receive for your nerve injury claim contact us today 0333 900 8787, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our online form.
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Early diagnosis of any spinal injury or disease generally improves treatment outcomes. The longer the spinal cord and nerve damage goes undiagnosed, the higher the treatment cost, and the greater the associated problems. Early diagnosis of spine injury or disease increases the chances of recovery.
To make a compensation claim for spinal injury misdiagnosis or negligent surgery or treatment, speak to one of our medical negligence compensation Solicitors today. Our team will assess whether the duty of care owed to you was breached, and whether breaching this duty of care caused your injuries. If so, are likely to have a strong case for compensation.
The ‘limitation’ period to bring a claim for medical negligence is generally three years from the date of negligence or the date of reasonable knowledge of the injury. This means that if you became aware of the failure to diagnose a spine condition or the negligent spine surgery weeks, months, or even years later, the three-year period could commence from then. In rare circumstances, the Court may use its discretion to extend the limitation period, but only for exceptional reasons, so it is important to contact us as soon as possible. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin our investigations and the sooner we can start to assist with your treatment and recovery.
Absolutely!; Devonshires Claims can provide a ‘No Win – No Fee’ claims service for spinal injury compensation claims
Under a No Win No Fee’ arrangement, which is also known as a ‘Conditional Fee Agreement’ , you will not be charged any costs if your case is not successful*.
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If your spinal injury or disease was diagnosed late or misdiagnosed or you experienced negligent spinal surgery or treatment, your compensation payout could provide for your:
- Specialist medical treatment on a private basis
- Rehabilitation and physiotherapy
- Medical aids and home adaptations
- Financial support for the loss of earnings, including future earnings such as pension payments
- Financial support for the recovery of expenses eg. travel
- Specialist care and support
The compensation payout for an injury can only be determined once we understand the full impact of the treatment errors or the disease and the delay in diagnosis on your life and wellbeing.
Why Choose Devonshires Claims to support you?
If you believe that your spinal condition or infection was misdiagnosed by your GP, consultant or other medical health professional or your spinal surgery and post-surgery care was negligent you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.
Devonshires Claims’ experienced complex spinal injury experts support victims of medical negligence obtain justice and compensation for the negligent medical care they experienced.
Our spinal injury compensation claims service provides:
- A free no-obligation case evaluation
- Advice on the probability of success for a medical negligence claim and the amount of compensation you could potentially obtain
- Friendly, compassionate and experienced claims experts
- A No Win No Fee agreement i.e. you will not incur any costs if your claim is not successful*.
- Access to a network of medical experts and specialist barristers
Our experts work hard to secure victims of medical negligence the justice and compensation they deserve.
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