Injury During Spinal Surgery
Spinal surgeries can be very long and involved procedures. Despite the fact that it is not common, patients are at risk of a spinal injury during surgery – such as nerve root or spinal cord damage resulting in paralysis, numbness, loss of bladder and/or bowel function, limited mobility or disabling pain.
Sometimes the hardware implanted during spinal surgery, such as metal screws and plates, is negligently placed and pinches, punctures or severs spinal nerves or the spinal cord. Negligent placement of surgical plates and screws, or negligent use of a surgical instrument, such as a drill, may also cut or tear the fluid-filled membrane (the dura) protecting the spinal cord, causing both nerve damage and a spinal fluid leak (CSF leak). Further, the protrusion of the surgical screws, through the bone (vertebra) and into surrounding nerve fibers and other soft tissue, causes damage which often results in the patient needing a revision surgery.
Usually, the symptoms of a spinal injury caused during surgery appear immediately after the patient wakes up from the anesthesia. These injuries often result in the patient having excruciating pain, areas of numbness, limited ability to move a hand, foot, arm or leg or, sometimes, quadriplegia – the inability to move all four limbs.
If you or a loved one were injured during a spinal surgery, contact The Yost Legal Group today at 1-800-YOST-LAW (800-403-7259). The attorneys at Yost Legal Group are experienced, caring professionals ready to investigate your claim with compassion and determination. Call us today to receive a free, confidential consultation about your possible case.
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