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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 Portland medical malpractice 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.

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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.