Spinal cord injuries often result in severe and often permanent disability, including loss of bowel and bladder function, paraplegia and quadriplegia. Such injuries may be caused by direct trauma, such as an automobile or other accident, when vertebrae are fractured and cause the spinal column to become unstable. Less commonly, spinal cord injuries may be caused by the progression of a tumor whose growth compresses spinal nerve roots, or by an infection. In other cases, a spinal cord injury may take place during surgery due to a doctor's negligence.
Because the spinal column is so fragile, victims of auto accidents and other traumas must be moved only after carefully being stabilized using a backboard and cervical collar to prevent movement. Failure of medical professionals to observe these protocols can lead to severe injuries that might have been avoided with appropriate care. This is a form of medical malpractice, as is failing to prevent an avoidable infection, or failing to run proper diagnostic tests that would allow a tumor to be diagnosed and treated before it caused permanent nerve damage.
Spinal cord injuries lead to far-reaching emotional, physical, and financial consequences for not only patients, but their families. It's not always easy to prove that the severity of an injury was due to medical malpractice; these cases require the involvement of experienced medical malpractice attorneys.
At Huegli Fraser PC, we are familiar with the devastation caused by spinal cord injuries, especially when the medical professionals who were supposed to help instead allowed or caused an injury to become worse. We know how desperately our clients wish they could just get their lives before the injury back. Our goal is to help them achieve that as far as it is possible, and to relieve the tremendous financial worries a spinal cord injury causes.
Oregon medical malpractice cases are always complex and highly technical. Cases that involve proving damage was the result of a medical professional's action and not another cause are even more challenging to prove. Most attorneys are not equipped to handle these cases, but Huegli Fraser PC has extensive experience in medical malpractice cases, including spinal cord injury caused or worsened by medical negligence.
Our firm has relationships with respected neurology experts whose testimony is critical in spinal cord injury cases. With a combined 45 years of experience in medical malpractice cases, our attorneys have achieved multiple recoveries in excess of a million dollars, and have recovered a total of over 100 million dollars for our clients.
If you believe that you, or a loved one, has suffered spinal cord injury due to a medical professional's negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation that can ease burdens for your family. Huegli Fraser PC can help you evaluate whether you should file a malpractice lawsuit, and will help you explore your legal options.
Huegli Fraser serves Portland and the surrounding areas, working with clients throughout Oregon. Contact us at (971) 266-8877. We look forward to working with you.
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