Practice Area:Medical Malpractice
Description:A 78 year old woman was admitted to the hospital for purposes of undergoing a cardiac evaluation. While she was in the hospital she was administered blood thinning medications. During the night, she got out of bed and fell injuring her back. Over the next thirty-six hour period of time she slowly developed a weakening of her lower extremities and bowel and bladder dysfunction. Eventually, she was unable to lift her legs up off of her bed due to an undiagnosed epidural hematoma that occurred when she fell and bled into her spinal canal compressing her spinal cord. Because of the delay in diagnosing and removing the epidural hematoma, the woman was rendered permanently paralyzed and incontinent.