Ross Feller Casey founding partner Robert Ross recovered $9.3 million for a woman who suffered neurological injuries and was paralyzed as a result of medical negligence.
On the advice of a pain management physician, the woman underwent a lumbar blockage procedure to help resolve her knee pain.
During the course of his investigation, Ross uncovered evidence about how the routine procedure went tragically wrong. Among other things, he found that the 7-inch, 22 gauge spinal needle used to deliver local anesthetic to the sympathetic nerve in the procedure was inserted in the wrong area.
As a result, the woman developed a hemorrhage and a hematoma in the area and later was diagnosed with a spinal cord stroke that left her a paraplegic.
Ross argued in the medical malpractice lawsuit that the doctors and hospital were negligent on numerous fronts, including the failure to perform the embolization procedure properly, which placed the woman’s spinal cord at risk.
The Philadelphia medical malpractice case went to trial in the summer of 2012 but settled during the jury selection process.
The $9.3 million settlement reached by Ross will enable the woman to meet her lifelong medical equipment and health care needs.