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Spinal surgery resulting in paraplegia leads to 16 million award

A woman first sought treatment for back pain when she was 37. She was diagnosed with a back sprain and treated with painkillers and bed rest. 21 more visits over the next 5 months still did not lead the doctor to conduct diagnostic tests. Eventually her legs collapsed and she was diagnosed with a spinal tumour. A neurosurgeon allegedly removed a portion of her spinal cord instead of the tumour which left her with permanent leg paralysis. She ended up having to move to a nursing home. The woman was awarded $16 million for the initial misdiagnosis and surgical error. However, she will receive only a small portion of that amount because of the cap imposed on medical malpractice cases by Indiana law.

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About: Spinal surgery resulting in paraplegia leads to 16 million award

Date: 1 December 2004

Source: Associated Press


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