Missed or delayed diagnosis
The duty of care you are owed as a patient means that every doctor, specialist or nurse must “exercise the skill appropriate to their experience and training and perform their clinical responsibilities in line with their peers.” To prove a clinical negligence claim we then have to go on to show that you are worse now as a result of the doctor, specialist or nurses’ failing.
When care in the diagnosis and treatment of a spinal injury falls below an acceptable standard, the injuries can affect motor, brain and nerve function. A spinal injury could still be ‘unstable’ with the possibility of further complications developing but a doctor may have mistakenly diagnosed the injury as already having “stabilised.”
Negligent or substandard surgery
Direct injuries can be caused to the spine or spinal cord during surgery because of a failure to carry out correct procedures, the use of the incorrect equipment or even during tests involving a lumbar puncture when a needle is inserted to obtain a sample of spinal fluid.
A spinal injury may not only become worse and the prospects of recovery diminished, a patient may suffer permanent, life-changing disability.
Lack of care
Spinal injuries may not be managed appropriately and further serious injury caused at a hospital or nursing home.
Poor care during your labour
An improperly administered epidural can result in spinal damage to the mother.