An ex-safety guard’s spinal situation, allegedly misdiagnosed by an emergency room doctor at Good Samaritan Hospital, left him a quadriplegic and entitles him to greater than $20 million in damages, his lawyer informed a jury Monday.
“This case is a case of life and demise for Kyrus Rogers,” plaintiff’s lawyer Steven Friedman informed the Los Angeles Superior Courtroom panel weighing his shopper’s negligence and medical malpractice lawsuit.
Stephen Fraser, a lawyer for the medical middle, countered in his closing argument that the plaintiff’s situation was very uncommon and that the doctor, Dr. Brian Harris, acted fairly beneath the circumstances.
“His immune system rebelled on itself,” Fraser stated. “It attacked his spinal twine as if it was a overseas invader and one hundred million forest fires began on the similar time.”
The lawsuit towards the hospital, which was filed in July 2013, blames Harris for allegedly failing to diagnose and deal with Rogers for transverse myelitis, a situation that causes swelling and strain on the backbone and can end in everlasting paralysis if left untreated.
In line with his courtroom papers, Rogers, then 34, collapsed whereas he was standing within the driveway of his house on Might three, 2012. He was a former athlete and in wonderful medical situation on the time, his lawyer stated.
Rogers was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital, the place Harris by no means ordered a steroid remedy to halt the progress of the illness, nor did he require an MRI that might have revealed the plaintiff’s spinal lesion, in accordance with courtroom papers ready by Friedman. These actions have been vital as a result of there’s a temporary window of alternative to deal with the illness, in response to the plaintiff’s lawyer.
As an alternative, Harris handled Rogers for “backyard-selection” stress and muscle aches and discharged him with treatment, in response to Friedman.
“It was `two tablets, go residence,”‘ he advised jurors.
Inside a month of seeing Harris, Rogers’ spinal lesion grew and he turned a quadriplegic, based on Friedman.
“We’re not making an attempt to show that Good Samaritan is a horrible place, however that Dr. Harris made a mistake,” Friedman stated.
Jurors have been proven a video of Rogers’ mom bathing her son at her residence in Missouri, the place the plaintiff now lives. Friedman informed jurors that his shopper has hopes of getting a greater life.
“He needs to stay, he even needs to stroll,” Friedman stated.
Though Harris is an unbiased contractor and never a Good Samaritan worker, he has the authority to behave on the hospital’s behalf, in accordance with Friedman.
Harris was one of many events initially sued, however is not a defendant within the case.
Fraser stated that if the jury is inclined to award damages, the quantity ought to be not more than $three million to $four million. He stated that quantity would offer Rogers with 24-hour look after the remainder of his life.
Fraser stated transverse myelitis is a illness so uncommon that some veteran docs by no means see…