Man suffers back pain, accuses hospital of medical malpractice

A man who says he has struggled for eight years with intensifying back pains attributes his pain to back surgery that he underwent in 2009 at an out of state hospital. During this time, he was fired because he took too much time off work to seek medical help. When Tennessee residents suffer harm at the hands of their medical health care providers, they are typically entitled to file medical malpractice suits against the party or parties believed responsible.

After the man's surgery, he experienced increased back pain, an infection and headaches. Two years after his initial surgery, he learned that his surgeon had not inserted a spacer into his back as he had requested. In 2010, he requested his medical records related to the surgery in order to gather evidence for a medical malpractice suit against the center where the surgery occurred. He was told by hospital officials that these documents did not exist.

In 2011, the man had to have his surgery redone at another medical center and paid $7,000 for this procedure, as well as for other medical expenses. Five years after his initial procedure, he received his records -- these included imaging scans which showed that the man's spine was less-aligned than before the surgery. The man claims that the medical center intentionally delayed his document requests in order to hide its errors.

When a patient suffers an injury or dies from the result of a health care professional's negligence, the victim (or a deceased victim's surviving family) typically has the right to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit. Successfully presented, a claim may result in a judgment for documented financial damages sustained. Medical malpractice victims in Tennessee are entitled to seek counsel to assess the validity of any legal claims and to advocate on their behalf in pursuing claims for financial relief.

Source: dailybruin.com, "Patient accuses UCLA medical center of malpractice", Alejandra Reyes-Velarde, May 4, 2016

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