Our medical malpractice attorneys recently filed a spinal infection malpractice lawsuit against a Michigan orthopedic surgeon. Our sixty-seven year old client had undergone low back surgery which appeared to be a successful result. After the post-surgery hospitalization, he followed up as recommended by the treating surgeon. During those follow-up appointments, it was noted that he had drainage coming from the surgical site as well as pain in that area. The surgeon determined there was an infection and prescribed anti-biotic medications for the infection. He also prescribed narcotic pain medications over the next several months.
The pain and discomfort at the surgical site did not resolve and the patient frequently contacted the surgeon’s office to discuss this ongoing problem. The surgeon kept prescribing pain medications but did not continue to treat the infection nor did he perform any type of testing to determine the type or extent of the infection. The spinal infection continued to worsen over time. Eventually, the patient had intractable back pain and was hospitalized for the condition. He underwent an emergency surgery by the same surgeon due to the damage caused by the infection. He was hospitalized for a lengthy period of time and underwent several other surgeries during the hospitalization.
The patient was eventually discharged to an in-patient rehabilitation facility for continuing care and physical therapy. Due to the delay in treating the infection, he suffered injuries to his spine and central nervous system which has severely impaired his use of his legs and ability to walk. He also has continuing problems with bowel and bladder control. The patient is unable to participate in many of life’s pleasures as he did prior to the spinal infection.
The medical malpractice lawsuit was filed in the Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac, Michigan. The lawsuit seeks damages for the pain and suffering, disability, and other non-economic damages suffered by our client due to the failure to timely diagnose and treat the infection. No trial date has been set by the court.