How Functional Can You Be With An Incomplete Form of Locked-In Syndrome?

How Functional Can You Be With An Incomplete Form of Locked-In Syndrome? Learn how patients function with an incomplete form of locked-in syndrome.

You cannot be physically functional with an incomplete form of locked-in syndrome. Most locked-in syndrome patients never regain mobility in their face, speech, or other body movements. However, there have been rare cases where an individual improves if the underlying cause is treated. For example, shrinking a tumor that caused the disorder could increase functionality.Cognitively, function does not decrease.

Locked-In Syndrome Is a Rare Neurological Disorder with No Cure

Locked-in syndrome is different from a coma. Individuals who suffer from this rare disorder usually keep their cognitive abilities, hearing, and vision. He or she can keep normal sleep-wake cycles. However, he or she are completely paralyzed except for limited vertical eye movements and blinking.

The signs and symptoms of locked-in syndrome include:

Understanding the Causes of Locked-in Syndrome

Locked-in syndrome is caused by bleeding and tissue loss in the brainstem. Some of the most common reasons for brainstem hemorrhage include:

Medical Errors Are Often Contributing Factors to Locked-in Syndrome

Doctors and hospitals can make mistakes that have tragic results. For example, locked-in syndrome can occur if a hospitalized patient is given the wrong medication or gets a staph infection. Locked-in syndrome is a devastating condition with lifelong physical, mental, and financial damages. You should not hesitate to contact Newsome Melton for a free case evaluation. We focus solely on injured and disabled clients.

Locked-in Syndrome Patients Need Lifelong Medical Care

Even if a patient with an incomplete form of locked-in syndrome regains some muscle control, he or she will still need constant medical care. This care usually includes:

The cost of care for a locked-in syndrome victim quickly drains a family’s finances. In 2018, medical bills were the leading cause of personal bankruptcies according to a report by CNBC. At Newsome Melton, we believe in seeking compensation from a negligent person or party. Nothing can repair the damage and loss of this disorder. We will pursue compensation to at least ease the financial burden of someone else’s error.

Your Loved One Might Be Eligible for Compensation

Locked-in syndrome is typically a secondary condition. Our team of medical and legal professionals will look for both the underlying cause and potential negligence. We will find who could be liable for creating the circumstance that lead to the locked-in syndrome.

How We Determine Liability

To establish liability, we prove the following:

A Locked-In Syndrome Lawyer Will Seek Compensation for Recoverable Damages

There are two kinds of compensatory damages in a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit:

Economic damages include medical bills, lost wages, lost earning ability, hospitalization, skilled nursing care, and other quantified expenses.

Noneconomic damages include intangible losses such as pain and suffering, loss of companionship, loss of quality of life, and mental anguish.

A locked-in syndrome lawyer from Newsome Melton will pursue compensation from the medical professional or facility’s insurance coverage. Our negotiators are often successful in recovering an acceptable settlement for our clients. We are also trial lawyers who will not hesitate to seek compensation through a verdict.

You May Seek Compensation for a Wrongful Death from Locked-In Syndrome

Unfortunately, not everyone with locked-in syndrome lives a long life. If your loved one passed away because of locked-in syndrome as a result of medical malpractice, surviving family members can seek compensation from those responsible. Our team can help you determine your options.

Call Newsome Melton Today for a Free Consultation: 855-633-2757

If your loved one suffers from locked-in syndrome, call Newsome Melton at 855-633-2757 for a free case review or for any questions regarding how functional one can be with incomplete locked-in syndrome. We handle your case on a contingency basis which means you do not pay attorney’s fees until we win your case.


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