Paralysis from Medical Malpractice in Oregon
Our Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer Fights For Victims
Fewer things can have a more devastating impact on a person's ability
to live their life than being paralyzed. After being paralyzed, you may
need living assistance and the financial toll can be significant, easily
adding up to tens of thousands of dollars. Paralysis doesn't just
affect an individual—it can cause significant emotional stress for
your loved ones. Under the law, however, you may have the right to initiate
legal action to seek compensation for the financial effects of your injury.
At The Law Offices of Patrick L. Block, P.C., our team is proud to provide
legal counsel to people partially or totally paralyzed because of
misdiagnosis and improperly performed medical procedures. Our
Portland medical malpractice attorney has over
20 years of legal experience and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the state
by The National Trial Lawyers. Additionally, Attorney Block has been selected
for inclusion in the 2014 list of
Oregon Super Lawyers®.
What Can Cause Paralysis
Medical practitioners are trained and expected to exercise extreme care
and caution when treating patients. Even the most minor of mistakes can
have tragic consequences. Typically, paralysis is caused by a severe injury to the
spinal cord, though a number of situations can result in a paralysis injury, including
but not limited to:
Paralysis can affect your basic motor skills and ability to operate independently.
That is why it is so crucial that you work with a lawyer who understands
your case and is ready to fight for the justice you deserve. Your attorney
should be able to compile any and all relevant evidence, including expert
witness testimony, to prove that a doctor or nurse acted negligently and
that this negligence resulted in your paralysis.
Schedule your free case evaluation to discuss your case with our team!
Damages in a Paralysis Case
Losing function in one or more group of muscles is called paralysis and
limits a victim's ability to control some or all of his or her body.
Paralysis can affect either a small, isolated area of the body or entire
limbs, and the injury is classified accordingly.
There are three different classes of paralysis:
- Paraplegia – when the lower part of the body, including legs, is affected
- Quadriplegia – when all four limbs are affected
- Hemiplegia – when only one side of the body is affected
This loss of mobility will not only necessitate living aids like wheelchairs,
ramps, lifts and other modifications to your house and car, but it may
also require years of medical treatment and monitoring. As a result, individuals
who have suffered paralysis will likely see high medical bills for years
to come. Additionally, the victim's ability to enjoy the same he or
she led before the incident will likely suffer: a paralyzed individual
may not be able to participate in the same hobbies and activities as before.
Furthermore, he or she will likely be unable to perform the essential duties
of their job, which may necessitate occupational therapy or retraining
to find different work. Often times, an individual may lose the ability
to work altogether. Thus loss of wages and loss of enjoyment should be
included among the fair amount of compensation that you deserve for the
wrongs that have been done to you by a medical professional.
Hire a Top 100 Trial Lawyer From Our Firm
At The Law Offices of Patrick L. Block, P.C., our medical malpractice lawyer
in Portland is proud to take on all cases we handle on a
contingency fee basis. This means that you will not pay anything if we cannot make a recovery
in your case. Our firm is proud of our track record—we have been
successful in recovering millions for our clients.
To receive a free consultation and information about what an attorney may
be able to do for you, call us today or
fill out our online form.