A Los Angeles medical malpractice jury returned a verdict in the amount of $28,215,278 in favor of a young woman who suffered catastrophic injuries that the jury found was due to the medical negligence of Kaiser Permanente, after a hard-fought medical malpractice trial that lasted four weeks.
The young plaintiff suffered the loss of her right leg, one-half of her pelvis, and a portion of her spine because Kaiser Permanent refused to order an MRI that the plaintiff and her mother requested in order to diagnose why she was having back pain that radiated into her leg.
The large California medical malpractice verdict is intended to compensate the plaintiff for her pain and suffering, her future medical expenses, and her future loss of earnings.
The Underlying Facts
The plaintiff was just 16 years old when she began having pain in her lower back in August 2008. By January 2009, the young woman’s back pain began radiating into her right leg. She sought treatment with a chiropractor in February 2009, who advised her to have an MRI done at Kaiser Permanente.
In March 2009, the woman saw her primary care physician and a physical medicine specialist at Kaiser Permanente, at which time both she and her mother requested that an MRI be performed. They made repeated requests for an MRI between March and June 2009, but her physicians at Kaiser Permanente allegedly refused to order an MRI (the medical records from Kaiser Permanente failed to document the patient’s requests for an MRI, and her physicians denied during the Los Angeles medical malpractice trial that the patient and/or her mother requested an MRI).
An MRI was finally performed on July 2, 2009, which showed that the young woman had a very aggressive tumor in her pelvis that was diagnosed as osteosarcoma. The woman had to endure months of chemotherapy but ultimately had to undergo lengthy surgeries that resulted in the loss of her right leg, a portion of her spine, and one-half of her pelvis.
The plaintiff alleged in her California medical malpractice lawsuit that had her aggressive cancer been properly diagnosed four months earlier in March 2009 when she first requested the MRI, her right leg would not have had to be amputated.
After the Los Angeles medical malpractice jury rendered its verdict, the plaintiff stated, “I’m grateful to the jury for recognizing the truth of what happened to me, and for my attorneys for helping me hold Kaiser Permanente responsible for what they did.”
Source Anna Rahm v. Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BC441742.
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