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Your surgeon must make you fully aware of what can go wrong and the possible consequences in order to get your informed consent to a procedure. If they don’t, that counts as negligence.
Even an incorrectly performed ‘minor’ procedure such as an epidural or spinal block can cause spinal injury and paralysis, which will require immediate treatment to prevent the condition getting worse. Misdiagnosis or delayed treatment of back and spinal injury can also have serious consequences.
Spinal stenosis is a debilitating condition that can be caused by trauma or infection. Failure to diagnose this condition, delays in treatment or mistakes during corrective surgery can leave victims permanently disabled. Fractures of the neck and spine can be overlooked or not diagnosed early enough and errors in handling patients with neck and back injuries can aggravate any problems.
Failure to diagnose and treat a tumour, prolapsed or herniated disc or fracture in the spine can lead to cauda equina syndrome. If these patients do not get treatment quickly, they can suffer permanent paralysis, loss of sexual, bladder and bowel function.
If you believe you have suffered any of these injuries as a result of medical negligence, you may be able to make claim for compensation.
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