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Not treating a spine injury correctly can cause paralysis

One cause of a spinal cord injury that some may people may overlook is a situation in which a medical professional does not treat a back or neck injury properly. In these sorts of cases, what might start as a broken back or neck that is treatable can turn in to a case of permanent paralysis due to a spinal cord injury. The latter condition can spell a lifetime of medical care and rehabilitation for a victim and his or her family.

One thing that medical professionals must attend to at the outset is the proper stabilization and moving of a patient who may have an injury in the vicinity of the spinal cord. Basically, if an injury to the spine is even a remote possibility, doctors and other professionals must only move a patient after their spine is properly stabilized. Failing to do so could mean that a broken bone pushes on the spinal cord and damages it, which can cause paralysis or, if the cord is already damaged, more extensive medical problems.

In whatever procedure they are performing, doctors and other health care professionals must be especially careful when working on or around the spinal cord. The spinal cord is a very delicate part of the body, and an injury to it can lead to severe consequences for a patient.

When doctors do not exercise the expected level of care and a victim winds up paralyzed as a result, then the victim may be able to obtain compensation via a medical malpractice or similar cause of action. This type of lawsuit can be very important to a paralyzed victim who will no doubt need financial assistance with their costs of medical care and ongoing rehabilitation.

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