A 53 year old Bronx man who suffered paralysis because of an undiagnosed spinal abscess has been successful in his medical malpractice action. The problem began when the man went to the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx with severe pain in his back. Doctors performed a test that showed a large concentration of white blood cells. Over the next several days, doctors performed other tests to try and find the cause of the pain and the concentration of cells. At various points, the doctors thought that the man was suffering from a liver abnormality, and then Guillain-Barre syndrome (an autoimmune disorder that affects the central nervous system). Finally, eleven days after the man first went to the hospital, the doctors ordered that an MRI be performed. The results of the MRI showed that the man had an epidural spinal abscess, which is an abscess in the cervical region of the spine. A neurosurgical procedure was performed to remove the abscess, but the man was left with permanent paralysis of his legs, temporary paralysis of his arms, and incontinence. He is confined to a residential care facility, and will need lifelong medicinal and occupational therapy.
In bringing his case, the man claimed that his abscess could have been diagnosed much earlier by either a CT scan or an MRI, but that neither test was performed in a timely manner. He further claimed that he suffered all of his damages between the time he first came to the hospital and the time the MRI was finally performed, so that the delay in performing the tests was the cause of his damages. He sought recovery for the cost of his future medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. In addition, his wife sought recovery for loss of services. The jury concluded that the hospital staff deviated from the accepted standard of medical care, that the CT and MRI should have been performed much earlier in the diagnostic process, and that the man had suffered $16,792,000 in damages.
If you or a member of your family has suffered an injury because of a misdiagnosis, or any other act of medical malpractice, you need a New York medical malpractice lawyer. The lawyers at the office of Bilkis & Associates have the experience and skill to evaluate your case and get you the damages that you are entitled to under the law. The firm has offices in the Bronx, as well as Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Nassau and Suffolk counties. For a free consultation, call us at 1-800-NYNY-LAW (1-800-696-9529).
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