Paralysis is a serious medical condition in which a person loses sensation in, and the ability to move, a group of muscles or one or more limbs. Paralysis is caused by injury to nerves in or near the spinal cord. Paralysis may be caused by trauma, such as a car accident, or a medical event such as a stroke. It may also result from medical malpractice, when a doctor or other medical professional fails to adhere to the standard of care established in his or her profession.
Paralysis may be partial or total, temporary or permanent. Paralysis of the legs is known as paraplegia, while paralysis of both the arms and legs is quadriplegia. A patient may also experience hemiplegia, which is paralysis on one side of the body, or paralysis of a limb or parts of the face or neck. Paralysis typically causes severe loss of function and ability to participate in usual activities.
Examples of failure to maintain a reasonable standard of care includes surgical errors; faulty medical equipment that does not operate as it should and causes a physician to make a mistake; or delayed or inappropriate treatment of a medical condition. When an injury is caused or worsened by a doctor's failure to observe his or her duty of care, medical malpractice has occurred, and the patient deserves compensation.
At Huegli Fraser PC, we are familiar with the challenges of paralysis resulting from medical malpractice. Patients who have suffered a sudden, severe loss of function want nothing more than to go back to life as they knew it before their injury. We can't restore our clients' physical health, but we can advocate for a legal recovery that alleviates financial burdens and allows them to focus on their health issues and their families.
Paralysis cases, like all medical malpractice cases, are highly technical and complex. The knowledge and resources required to successfully resolve these cases cause most Oregon attorneys to shy away from them. Huegli Fraser PC is different. Our attorneys have a great depth of experience in medical malpractice cases, including those involving paralysis. In our years of practice, we have achieved settlements and verdicts for our clients totaling over 100 million dollars.
If you or a loved one has suffered paralysis due to the negligence of a doctor or other medical professional, you have a limited time under Oregon law to pursue a financial recovery. Huegli Fraser PC can help you evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and advocate for justice on your behalf.
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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