Spinal Cord Injury Case Spotlight:
This month, The Girards Law Firm is finalizing its most recent case settlement involving a spinal cord injury.
This case involves a Registered Nurse in Arkansas who underwent what was supposed to be an uneventful decompression surgery of a spinal disc. But, the surgeon operated on the wrong level because he and the hospital staff failed to use one of the standard methods of identifying the correct level with certainty.
Days later, the surgeon went back in to do the correct level - only this time the spinal monitoring staff failed to make sure the spinal cord monitoring equipment was working correctly (it wasn't). When the patient began to show signs of spinal cord dysfunction post-op there was no meaningful response by the surgeon or hospital staff to address the problem.
Weeks later, an MRI showed that the surgeon never removed the disc compression at all. These failures left the patient with a complete T8-9 paraplegia with spasticity.
The Girards Law Firm pursued the case and arranged for a score of highly qualified experts in spinal surgery, neuromonitoring, nursing, hospital administration, rehabilitation, Life Care Planning, and economics. We found that the Life Care expenses, alone, for this patient exceed $6,000,000 over her remaining lifetime.
The case was filed in Arkansas and after a long hard-fought battle with a slate of insurance companies and their experts a settlement was achieved at a court ordered mediation. We are pleased to report that this patient will be well-taken care of for the rest of her life as a result of our hard work.
For more information about how we can help you with a spinal cord injury case, contact the firm by clicking here.
Cool Technology Alert:
On the cutting edge of technology for spinal cord injury patients is the Ekso Bionics exoskeleton suit. This is a device that was originally developed with the idea that it could to help soldiers in the field carry large loads that would be impossible to carry without such a device. It was quickly recognized that the technology could be useful for spinal cord injury patients.We were invited by the Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center to watch a patient use the device as part of her rehab session. Clicking here will take you to a video of part of that therapy session, involving a courageous teenager who was paralyzed three weeks earlier in a crash in Oklahoma. The therapy is thought to help keep the nerve signal pathways working while she recovers from her injuries. In a few years, expect to see paraplegics walking around in public with these suits. We include funds for this equipment as part of our damages model in each spinal cord injury case. Many thanks to the staff of Jim Thorpe for allowing us to observe.