Parents of medical malpractice victim awarded $2.88 million

When we experience pain that is uncontrollable or chronic, we naturally seek out physicians in Philadelphia to help us locate the problem and recommend treatments to help. However, one man got more than he bargained for after he visited a clinic for his lower back pain.

The 40-year-old man went to the clinic after experiencing chronic lower back pain. He received an injection into his back in May 2008 that helped to alleviate his pain for a time. He returned for another injection in December, but this time it did not help his pain. On January 5, 2009, he went back to the clinic and received an epidural steroid injection.

Instead of relief from his pain, the man developed a lump at the injection site. When he asked the clinic about it, he was told some swelling was normal. He returned to the clinic on January 13, 2009 for another epidural injection. Although he told the nurse about the lump, the doctor still proceeded with the injection.

Just over a week later, he was diagnosed with meningitis. It was determined the meningitis was caused by MRSA bacteria, an infection he likely picked up in the clinic. Although he was told he would probably die or be paralyzed, he fought off the infection, but was left with a myriad of spinal injuries and was in constant pain.

The man filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the clinic and its doctors, but committed suicide before his case could be heard. The man’s parents believe his suicide was the direct result of his complications from the pain injections. They took up his lawsuit and were recently awarded $2.88 million for their son’s suffering and wrongful death.

Source: The Kansas City Star, “Johnson County jury awards $2.88 million in malpractice case against pain clinic,” Alan Bavley, Apr. 6, 2014

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