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Medical errors may cause paraplegia or quadriplegia in newborn babies
Learning that your child is quadriplegic or paraplegic is devastating. The hopes and dreams that you had for your newborn child may be crushed. You may wonder how you will afford to take care of a child with such a severe disability. At The Eisen Law Firm, our birth injury lawyers are leaders in their field and, for more than three decades, have helped families obtain the compensation they deserve when medical errors cause debilitating injuries to children. With our assistance, both your current and future financial needs are covered.
What are paraplegia and quadriplegia?
Paraplegia and quadriplegia are conditions that develop after damage to the spinal cord. Whether paraplegia or quadriplegia develops depends on the location of the spinal cord injury.
Paraplegia occurs when the spine is injured below the first thoracic spinal nerve. Paraplegia causes a loss of movement or sensation in the bowel, bladder, legs, and sexual regions. The impairment varies, depending on the severity of the injury.
Quadriplegia occurs when the spinal cord is injured above the first thoracic nerve. With quadriplegia, the individual suffers some degree of paralysis or a loss of sensation in both arms and both legs. The trunk may also be impacted. Again, the extent of the impairment depends on the extent of the injury.
Cerebral palsy is one type of birth injury that can cause paraplegia or quadriplegia. Cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage before, during, or after birth.
What causes paraplegia and quadriplegia during birth?
If medical professionals are not careful during the delivery of a baby, serious injuries may occur. Causes of paraplegia and quadriplegia in newborns include:
The use of forceps or vacuums during delivery, which may result in major nerve damage
Using too much force to pull or turn a baby during delivery
Exposure to toxins
Other causes of quadriplegia and paraplegia may also be possible.
What types of compensation may I receive if my child was injured at birth?
If your child suffers from quadriplegia or paraplegia as a result of a birth injury, your family may be entitled to significant compensation. You may be entitled to some or all of the following:
Medical bills, including the cost of future medical care
Pain and suffering
The cost of medical equipment, such as wheelchairs or handicap-accessible vehicles
The cost of altering your home to accommodate your child’s injuries, such as installing wheelchair ramps, hand rails, or chair lifts
Loss of future earnings
Many other types of damages may also be available. Our experienced birth injury attorneys carefully study your claim to ensure all possible damages are pursued. Without an attorney, you may never know that you and your family are entitled to compensation.
Schedule a free consultation with our legal team today
The Ohio birth injury attorneys at The Eisen Law Firm are among the most recognized and respected in the country. With our assistance, you and your family receive the justice and compensation you deserve for you child’s injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call 216-687-0900 or contact us online.