Spinal Cord Injury
Approximately 30,000 spinal column injuries occur in the U.S. each year. According to a report on Trauma.org, some studies of spinal trauma have recorded a missed injury rate as high as 33%. Kentucky hospitals and health care providers contribute to that statistic when they improperly diagnose spinal cord injuries in their patients.
Many facilities use CT scans, MRIs and cervical spine X-rays to detect potential breaks and/or fractures of the spine. Unfortunately, these technologies do not provide the full picture and may result in a radiology error.
Misdiagnosing a spinal cord injury can have devastating consequences. In a report from the Radiologic Clinics of North America, approximately 40% – 50% of spinal injuries produce a neurological deficit, often severe and sometimes fatal.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Various types of spinal cord injuries include:
- Fractured spine
- Paralysis: loss of nervous system functions (can be complete/permanent, incomplete/partial, or temporary)
- Paraplegia: an injury that permanently limits the use of either legs or arms
- Quadriplegia: an injury that permanently impairs the nerves so the victim cannot use either the legs or arms
- Loss of sexual function
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
In some cases, the initial diagnosis may not reveal the full extent of the damage; often, damages occur to multiple sections of the spinal column. Trauma.com also notes, “5% of spinal injuries have a second, possibly non-adjacent, fracture elsewhere in the spine.” If improperly treated or even discharged, the patient could experience a spinal cord injury within 24 hours after the cervical collar has been removed. Even if the radiologist notes a negative CT scan, doctors and nurses still must be extremely cautious about when and how to remove the collar.
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Dr. Jack Tolliver is a successful physician and medical malpractice lawyer who understands the complexities of both hospitals and courtrooms.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a misdiagnosis of a spinal cord injury, we encourage you to contact our firm. With our team’s medical experience, we can thoroughly and quickly review your case at no charge. If we accept your case, we will pursue maximum compensation. We never pass on costs and expenses if we do not recover damages.
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