If you or a family member have suffered paralysis or other injuries from spinal cord stimulation, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Due to either medical malpractice or product defects, some patients that have been treated with spinal cord stimulators or spinal modulators suffer paralysis and other serious complications. For a free consultation with a McEldrew Young attorney concerning a potential personal injury lawsuit, call 1-800-590-4116.
About Spinal Cord Stimulation
Thousands of patients each year in the United States seek treatment with a Spinal Cord Stimulator (often abbreviated as SCS). It is usually used in patients with back pain when back surgery and other treatment options are ineffective. The device, which is placed under the skin in the back, sends a mild electrical current to the spinal cord. The neurostimulation is similar to the pulse of a cardiac pacemaker. The largest manufacturers of these implants are Boston Scientific, Medtronic and St. Jude Medical.
Spinal Cord Stimulation Side Effects and Injuries
The benefits of spinal stimulators have been frequently publicized. For example, the National Institute of Health website touts a NIH study where spinal stimulation helped four people with paraplegia move paralyzed muscles. However, it can have serious side effects as well.
Potential injuries from product defects or medical malpractice with a spinal implant include paralysis, nerve damage, weakening of limbs, spinal fluid leaks, additional chronic pain, permanent scarring and other injuries. In 2014, the Wall Street Journal published an article that suggested there had been approximately 50 cases of paralysis as a result of the devices in each of the prior two years.
Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuits
If your injuries following the implant of a spinal modulator are a result of a product defect or medical malpractice, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries through a lawsuit. We offer a free case evaluation in order to determine whether we believe we can help you. We will evaluate your injuries and medical record to determine whether a lawsuit brought by our firm is appropriate.
To speak to a McEldrew Young attorney about your injury as a result of spinal cord stimulation, call 1-800-590-4116.