Please take the time to listen to this right through. It is an excellent interview with the husband of Shelly Long a woman who walked into a hospital for Surgery and came out Quadriplegic. Its much more complicated than this and the interview explains what was done, and in the last part covers what should be done to change things. Its over an hour but I found this one of the best interviews on Medical Negligence and its effects I have ever listened to.
Danny Long as well has a web page which goes much further and is an excellent resource for those of us in this situation