Paralysis can be the result of surgeries gone wrong

No matter what the cause, paralysis is a very difficult condition for a Kansas City resident to endure. It not only means the loss of movement but also other unpleasant effects on one’s physical and mental health. Paralysis actually comes in many different shapes and sizes. It can include the temporary loss of movement, as well as situations in which one’s muscles can be moved, but only with difficulty. In the most serious cases, a victim of paralysis will not be able to voluntarily move any muscle below the neck. This means the victim will likely need constant care and assistance.

Sometimes, natural causes are to blame for one’s paralysis, as there are medical conditions that can damage one’s nerves or cause them to not work properly. Spinal cord injuries can also cause paralysis. Unfortunately, sometimes a spinal cord injury happens because of a surgical or anesthesia error.

For instance, operations that involve work on or around the spine can be an opportunity for a surgeon, in a moment of carelessness, to nick a critical nerve and cause paralysis. In other cases, an anesthesiologist may damage a nerve when administering an injection. In still other cases, such as after a spine surgery, a doctor may not notice internal swelling and the swelling may damage the nerves and cause paralysis.

Many of these sorts of cases are preventable accidents. Kansas City residents who go under the knife, for whatever reason, trust their health to their surgeons and have the right to expect they will use the appropriate care to protect their mobility. If their physicians fall short in this obligation, an injured patient may be able to get compensation.