A jury awarded more than $2 million to the family of a man who suffered from an injection injury and eventually ended his own life. The case involved a patient who was seeking treatment for back pain through a steroid injection. Shortly after the treatment the injection site became red and inflamed, eventually developing into a prominent lump.
In this case the patient called the clinic for some preliminary advice on the lump and spoke briefly with a nurse, who said she consulted with a doctor during that call. This interaction did not result in the doctor or nurse notating the patients’ medical records. According to the doctor, then, the interaction did not occur because it was not a part of the man’s records.
Eventually it became clear that the man was suffering from meningitis that was threatening to leave him paralyzed or possibly lead to death. He managed to pull through but in the aftermath of the injection was left with serious spinal injuries that caused him to lose control of his bladder and bowels and made it painful to walk.
This led him to file a lawsuit against the clinic that gave him the injection in the hopes that he could secure compensation for his ongoing medical needs and other necessities, since he was unable to work. Before the case reached trial he ended his own life, leaving his parents to continue to fight for justice on his behalf.
Despite the jury verdict in favor of the man and his family, the doctor responsible for the injection says he will appeal the result.
Source: Kansas City Star, “Johnson County jury awards $2.88 million in malpractice case against pain clinic,” Alan Bavley, April 6, 2014.