> James, aged 56 injured his neck in an industrial accident.
His treating > physician,an orthopedic refers him to Dr. Powers, a pain
> doctor. Doc examines and decides that a series of cervical epideral steriod
> injections would benefit him.
He returns one month later for the > injections (2) which are done and he is
discharged to be transported back > home by his roommate.He complained to
> the doctor that he felt lightheaded.
After l> eaving the drs'. office and before going .5 mile he complained of a
> flushing sensation and low back numbness and discomfort and developed
> cardiorespiratory arrest. As a result of the arrest he suffered anoxia
> causing permanent brain damage.
He was taken by ambulance to the Hospital > and now is a resident in a
home in a vegetative state.
The doctor injected James' cervical twice , C5 and C6 with Contrast
> dye,Depo-medrol and 1 to 4 ccs of 2% Lidocaine.Doctor says he instructs
> patients to wait 10 to 15 minutes after procedure in waiting room before
> leaving and has no clue what happened to James or what caused the
> cardiorespiratory arrest.
Doctors' expert backs him up. Plaintiff expert > says too much lidocaine
> and should
never be used except in a surgi-center or > hospital setting .
What's your verdict?
Was this negligence or a bad reaction?
How do you decide when the experts disagree?
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