Plaintiff: An injured man and his wife
Defendant: A large hospital system
Amount: Multi-million dollar verdict
Alleged Injuries: Multiple severe bedsores and infections including cellulitis, MRSA, and osteomyelitis resulting in colostomy, partial removal of the heel bone, and below-the-knee amputation.
Wilkes & Associates’ client went to the emergency room of a large teaching hospital with severe back pain. The hospital sent him home with pain medications. He returned to the hospital the next day and was diagnosed with Cauda Equina, a rare condition that damages the nerves in the lower portion of the spinal cord. He had surgery and was expected to need about two weeks of rehabilitation before he could go home. Instead, he developed multiple, severe, bone-deep bedsores that ultimately lead to infections and the amputation of one of his legs below the knee.
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