Clevelanders who have been injured know that fast treatment is the goal of most patients and physicians. In this case, though, Kaiser Permanente has been sued due to alleged medical negligence that may have led to a man’s complete disability, according to the news. The man claims that the medical group didn’t notify him about a significant infection he was fighting because it was the weekend.
According to the news from Nov. 13, a man filed a lawsuit for $5 million against the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group and the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc., after the infection he wasn’t told about led to a spinal infection and quadriplegia. He is now completely disabled, according to the news.
The man is suing two companies for the negligence, and according to the complaint, he was diagnosed only with a wrist strain, back strain, and inflammatory arthritis when he went to see a doctor at Doctor’s Community Hospital in 2010. According to his complaint, he also called a Kaiser advice nurse the following morning because he didn’t have any relief from the pain with medications.
The nurse at Kaiser suggested that the man should see a doctor at a Kaiser hospital, and that doctor allegedly ordered blood work, an X-ray, and gave the man an injection of Toradol. He was also given prednisone and oxycodone, according to the report. The prednisone may have been what suppressed the man’s immune system enough for the damage to take place, according to the news.
Medical negligence is a problem, and just one day of delay can lead to devastating consequences when it comes to infections and injuries. If you’ve been hurt because of neglect, you may want to see legal advice on how to gain compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered.