Practice Area:Medical Malpractice
Description:An elderly woman with an underlying spinal condition known as Ankylosing Spondylosis, which causes the person to have an appearance of their head being bent forward fell at home. An x-ray taken at a local doctorâ€™s office was suspicious for a fractured vertebrae. The patient was instructed to report to the hospital, which she did, for purposed of undergoing a CT-scan for her neck. Despite the fact that the radiologic studies were inconclusive, resident physicians elected to place the patient into a halo device. In order to place the patient into a halo, the junior physicians, had to extend the patients neck backwards. In doing so, the patient was placed into an unnatural position for her underlying condition of Ankylosing Spondylosis. Shortly after returning to her room, the patient began to lose feeling in her extremities. Shortly thereafter she became paralyzed from the neck down due to the injury to her spinal cord that occurred when she was placed into the halo. Tragically, this elderly woman spent the rest of her life in bed ultimately dying of an overwhelming infection caused by the breakdown of her skin tissue approximately one year after her initial injury.