Epidural Abscess DWKMRS Legal Cases

Because epidural abscess can be difficult to diagnose, misdiagnosis and delayed treatment are common. The end result can be devastating for patients who may be relegated to a life of paralysis or diminished function. The reality of the situation is even worse when patients realize they could have experienced a better recovery had the condition been diagnosed and treated sooner.

I can help you navigate your new reality if epidural abscess delayed treatment or misdiagnosis has harmed you. I will help you explore your legal rights and be your advocate in court. I have successfully litigated several epidural abscess cases and have the legal expertise and knowledge necessary to prove your case.

Case Studies

Case #1: MRI Ordered But Never Conducted

This situation involved a bookkeeper at a law firm. Her symptoms began with unexplained back pain. Eventually she had tingling in her foot, which moved up her calf. The condition was so alarming that she was hospitalized while physicians tried to figure out what was wrong. As she lost more and more function, her doctor ordered an MRI. The MRI was ordered at the end of the day and when the physician returned the next day to check on the patient he discovered that the MRI was never performed. It was immediately run and an epidural abscess was confirmed.

By then it was too late; the damage had been done. The patient had lost all function in her lower extremities. Even after surgery and treatment, she remained paralyzed. Today she is paralyzed from the chest down.

We may never know why the original MRI was never completed. Night nurses alleged that the patient refused the MRI saying she was claustrophobic but the patient denies this. Even so, a claustrophobic patient could have been given a sedative before the scan.

We were able to bring a lawsuit against the hospital and physician and successfully secured a multi-million dollar settlement for our client.

Case #2: Repeated ER Visits, But No Diagnosis

This case in Southern Florida involved a 54-year-old female. She had lived with chronic back pain for years due to a work accident. The patient was taking methadone for the back pain with success until this new back pain started. The new pain did not respond to methadone. Without access to a primary care provider, she went to the local emergency room as the pain became worse. An X-ray uncovered discitis, which is an inflammation of the disc space, which can lead to epidural abscesses. The radiologist immediately contacted the ER physician and recommended treatment, but treatment was never ordered and she was sent home.

Over the course of several months she visited the emergency room several more times with increasing neurological deterioration including trouble walking and numbness in her thighs. Eventually an MRI was ordered and the abscess was discovered. She underwent emergency surgery but it was unsuccessful. She lost much of her leg function permanently and is now confined to a wheelchair. This case is currently pending.