A lawsuit was settled yesterday between Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and a 35 year old man who suffered a severe spinal cord injury when doctors at the hospital failed to evaluate and treat the man after his bicycle collided with a car.
The man came into the hospital with immobility of his legs and weakness in his hands but the doctors did not ask for a neurology or neurosurgery consultation. As a result, 9 days later the man was diagnosed with a cervical spinal cord compression and underwent neck surgery to ease the compression.
However, despite the surgeon’s best attempts, the man now lives in a nursing facility and can walk only a short distance with the aid of a walker.
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