Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Serious Surgical Errors Can Result in Paraplegia or Quadriplegia

Recovering for disabilities resulting from surgical errors in Baltimore’s hospitals

Every year, hundreds of patients walk into the hospital and are injured so severely that they cannot walk out. Paralysis, paraplegia and quadriplegia are tragic repercussions of medical mistakes. The lifelong consequences are enormous and heartbreaking.

Baltimore-based LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. was established in the 1980s with a focus on personal injury and medical malpractice recovery. Our firm handles the most challenging surgical malpractice cases, including those involving paralysis. We can help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled for devastating spinal injuries resulting from neurosurgical mistakes.

Botched back surgeries

Back surgery has improved the quality of life for many patients with chronic or acute pain and disability. However, a surgical error can instead leave a patient partially or completely paralyzed with no chance of recovery. For example, injuries may occur if the neurosurgeon installs screws and rods that compress the spinal cord or pierce the nerves during surgery. Often, the nerve damage is irreversible. Common surgeries that can result in permanent spinal nerve injuries include:

  • Artificial disks implant as an alternative to vertebrae fusion
  • Diskectomy to remove the herniated portion of disks to relieve inflammation and pain
  • Fusion to permanently join two vertebrae
  • Laminectomy to enlarge the spinal canal if stenosis is causing pressure to the nerves
  • Scoliosis to correct curvature of the spine
  • Vertebroplasty to inject cement that binds a fractured or compressed vertebra

Meningitis and infections

Meningitis is inflammation of the membrane surrounding the spinal cord and brain. The condition may originate from a viral, fungal, bacterial or parasitic infection. Although there are many avenues through which you can contract contagious meningitis, contaminated pharmaceuticals and unsterilized equipment used in spinal back surgery have been linked to infections. In addition, noninfectious meningitis can develop from an adverse drug reaction, as a complication of certain diseases or after brain or spinal surgeries.

Meningitis is considered a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment to prevent long-term complications, including organ failure, brain damage and paralysis. If you developed meningitis while in the hospital, the facility may be liable for exposing you to the medical condition and then ignoring the symptoms until it was too late.

Contact LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton to Recover for Paralysis Caused by Medical Malpractice

For help with your claim against the surgical team that caused your paralysis, paraplegia or quadriplegia, call LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact our firm online to schedule your free initial consultation. Our firm represents you on a contingency basis and can take your calls 24-hours a day.