Johnson County, Kansas. Defense Verdict
The plaintiff was a 56 year old female patient who had developed severe back pain and was subsequently diagnosed with a staphylococcus aureus septicemia. She was admitted to the hospital and placed on IV antibiotics to treat the staph infection. Our client, a neurosurgeon, diagnosed paraparesis and paraplegia in plaintiff’s lower extremities and ordered a thoracic MRI to rule out a compression lesion to plaintiff’s thoracic spine. The MRI was read as negative for a compressive lesion by a radiologist. Subsequently, a thoracic MRI scan was repeated and some elements of compression were visualized in the epidural space leading to a surgery to the affected area. Following surgery, the plaintiff claimed to have significant ongoing neurologic deficits involving her lower extremities. The plaintiff claimed damages in excess of $1 million. A verdict was returned in favor of all defendants.