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Ignoring monitor warning may have resulted in medical malpractice

On Behalf of | Aug 20, 2019 | Medical Malpractice |

Living with pain can be debilitating. Few pains are as debilitating as severe pains in the back as this can be difficult to treat. Surgery is often indicated in Ohio as a possible means to relieve back pain. A woman who experienced severe pain in her back and tingling sensations in her arms, neck and hands underwent surgery in a nearby state in an attempt to relieve the suffering. As a result of the outcome of the procedure, the woman brought a medical malpractice suit against the doctors who operated on her.

During surgery, a piece of bone reportedly damaged the spinal chord’s protective covering. Monitors reportedly detected the injury, but the doctor’s proceeded with the operation. Following surgery, the doctors made no mention of abnormal occurrences. When examined by a nurse a few hours after surgery, the patient was reportedly able to move her arms and legs. The day following the operation, the patient’s blood pressure fell, and she experienced paralysis in her arms and legs.

Following the onset of paralysis, a CAT scan was ordered but not performed until about three hours later. The initial diagnosis was that the spinal cord had suffered a stroke. An independent radiologist claimed that the scan did not show a stroke but a hematoma, and had the hematoma been surgically removed, the pressure on the cord would have been relieved and the paralysis might have been alleviated. The outcome was that the woman is now a quadriplegic.

People in pain may look to doctors and surgeons for relief and tend to trust their recommendations. If surgery is prescribed, doctors are trusted to do their best to ensure a successful outcome. People in Ohio who have experienced unexpected complications resulting from an operation can consult with a legal professional to determine if grounds exist for a medical malpractice suit.