In the medical malpractice arena, spinal cord injuries are most commonly caused by poor surgical technique, unnecessary surgery, improper post-operative care or misinterpretation of MRI scans.
The results are often catastrophic. In the last five years Miller & Wagner, LLP has successfully prosecuted more than thirty medical malpractice cases involving severe spinal cord injury.

A frequent cause of such injuries is unnecessary surgery underwritten by the workers’ compensation system for traumatic back injuries suffered on the job. Neurological damage can follow surgical errors, anesthesia errors, or even errors relating to the positioning of the patient by members of the operating team.

If you or someone in your family needs advice about your legal rights in the aftermath of a medical error resulting in a severe spinal cord injury, contact an attorney at the Portland law firm of Miller & Wagner, for a free initial consultation. We advise and represent people in Oregon and Washington about medical malpractice claims, including those involving spinal cord damage.

The following pages provide more information about spinal injuries in a hospital setting:

  • Spine injuries from neurosurgery: The large majority of spinal cord injuries resulting from medical negligence are the result of inappropriate diagnosis and procedural care during neurosurgery.
  • Spinal surgery negligence: A significant number of failed spinal surgeries result from failed spinal fusion, especially when three or more vertebrae are fused together.
  • Paralysis: The most devastating result from spinal surgery errors is full or partial paralysis.

Informed consent is often an issue in medical malpractice claims involving spinal cord injuries. Was the patient fully advised of the risks inherent in the procedure? Was the patient advised of more conservative treatment alternatives? To the extent that the patient’s injuries reflected known potential complications, what steps did the doctor or hospital take to avoid them or test for them after surgery?

With more than 65 years of combined malpractice litigation experience, Dave Miller and Bob Wagner know how to identify the signs of hospital negligence and make an effective presentation of the evidence that proves it.

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