This is an image of an echocardiogram display.If your doctor made a mistake during your operation or treatment that resulted in a spine injury to you, you may have been a victim of Medical malpractice. Pennsylvania medical malpractice laws require that you have to file your claim within two years of the last act of the negligence by the defendant. The most tragic situation is when a person goes to a doctor for help and ends us with greater injuries. Many of these injuries are spinal cord injuries (SCI) and many were preventable.

Aren’t SCIs extremely rare?

SCI is a common event in the U.S. The incidence of traumatic SCI is about 40 per million persons per year, with approximately 250,000 living survivors of SCI. The prevalence of non-traumatic SCI is unknown but it is estimated that it is three to four times greater than SCI. SCI produces a wide variety of changes in systemic physiology which can lead to a number of complications which impact of the function and quality of life.

Medical complications after SCI are both common and severe. Re-hospitalizations occur in 55% of all patients in the first year and continue for the next 30 years at approximately 37%. Respiratory, urinary and cardiovascular complications as well as ulcers were common reasons for re-hospitalization. Increased patient age and severity of the spinal cord lesion impact on the risk of complications. Life expectancy is reduced and risk of death is highest for first year after the injury. The risk of suicide is also increased after an SCI.

How does SCI occur?

Medical malpractice involving spinal cord injuries are typically the result of mistakes made by the doctor while trying to address another condition. Examples of this are a person goes to the hospital for a procedure and is provided anesthetic improperly and suffers an epidural hematoma. Or a patient becomes too hypotensive during surgery which leads to as serious spinal cord injury. Or a person is in a car accident and after going into the emergency room, he later suffers paralysis.

What should I do if I have an SCI?

You will need en experienced medical malpractice attorney on your side to obtain fair compensation. Therefore, it is important to contact Mooney & Associates to determine the viability of your case and to help you get what you need to move forward with your life. We will put more than 30 years of experience to work for you. Our ability to work with experts to build a solid case even in complex situations will get you the results you deserve.