Paralysis

While malpractice occurs in only a small percentage of surgeries, its effects can be profound. Every surgery carries a small degree of risk, and surgical errors can leave patients with permanent complications they never anticipated. The effects can be devastating — especially when a doctor’s negligence causes irreparable harm.

At the law offices of Cirignani Heller & Harman, LLP, we represent clients in Chicagoland and throughout Illinois who were harmed during surgery. Our clients include people who went voluntarily into surgery, only to come out paralyzed. They are strong people who have had to cope with life-changing injuries.

We help them fight by delivering effective advocacy that holds doctors accountable. Our work in medical negligence cases gives them the compensation needed for continuing care, equipment and physical therapy resulting from being paralyzed. It also helps support them when they cannot work and compensates them for the pain and suffering they have experienced. While no amount of money could ever be a substitute for the loss they have endured, it helps them move forward with their lives.

We begin building strong cases for our clients by conducting a thorough review of the medical records involved. Our analysis is different in every case, as there are several ways that surgical errors can lead to paralysis:

  • Surgery on the brain or spine is done negligently: Nerves are delicate, slow to grow back and damage to them is often permanent. During any surgery, but particularly brain surgery, open-heart surgery, emergency surgery and spinal cord surgery, doctors can cause nerve damage by cutting into nerves or failing to protect them from damage.
  • Post-operative complications are not recognized and treated promptly: After surgery, serious infections can develop, such as bacterial meningitis. This inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord can be life threatening. When it occurs, it is considered to be a medical emergency. Health care providers must respond immediately to save a patient’s life.

Talk With a Team of Experienced Lawyers

We encourage you to talk with the attorneys at Cirignani Heller & Harman, LLP, if a loved one has experienced a negative outcome after surgery. Medical malpractice could be involved. For a free case review by a lawyer who is also a medical doctor, contact us at (312) 346-8700. You may also contact us online.