Texas woman wins lawsuit against hospital after paralysis

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Flower Mound has been found guilty by a jury of “willful and willful” negligence in Jessie Adams’ medical malpractice lawsuit.

FLOWER MOUND, Texas – A Dallas County jury awarded a Flower Mound woman and her husband $10.1 million after they brought Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital’s Flower Mound to court following a medical nightmare that the woman left me paralyzed from the chest down.

For 73-year-old Jessie Adams, this nightmare began on March 21, 2019.

Adams and her legal team Lyons and Simmons, LLPproved to a jury that the hospital was responsible for “willful and willful” negligence that day after failing to treat an epidural hematoma in a timely manner.

That failure ultimately left Adams in a wheelchair, according to court documents, and changed her life forever.

“I thought I was going to die,” Adams told the WFAA. “It was awful. It was hell.”

On March 21, Adams went to Premier Interventional Pain Management in Flower Mound to receive an epidural steroid injection for pain relief, according to her lawsuit.

Adams told the WFAA she wanted the injection because she was going to Ohio with her husband to attend a funeral and was in pain.

But the procedure didn’t go as planned, Adams said.

“He gave me the injection but I couldn’t feel my legs. They tingled but I couldn’t feel them,” Adams said. “The pain was so bad in my back.”

According to Suit, the doctor who performed the procedure likely “kinked a blood vessel during the ESI procedure, which caused Jessie to bleed.”

“Epidural hematoma of the spine poses an extreme risk of spinal cord damage, permanent nerve injury and paralysis,” the suit reads.

In the lawsuit, Adams’ legal team noted that the 73-year-old was observed at the pain treatment facility for about an hour and a half before an ambulance was eventually called. The doctor who performed the procedure settled with Adams without going to court, according to her attorneys.

According to arguments in court, Adams was taken to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Flower Mound and admitted to the emergency room 4:54 p.m.

Inside ten minutes When he arrived at the emergency room, Adams was ordered to have a “STAT” MRI so that an emergency laminectomy could be performed.

The risk of paralysis is what hospital staff should have focused on. However, the suit says an MRI has only just begun 1 hour and 37 minutes laterThese are the arguments put forward in court.

At one point, Adams’ attorneys showed that the person responsible for performing the MRI was clocked out even 23 minutes after an emergency room confirmed that the imaging needed to be performed as soon as possible.

According to the lawsuit, “there was a delay in either delivering or responding to the MRI order.”

The operation on Adams did not begin until 10 p.m. that day, according to arguments made in court.

Adam’s lawyers even revealed that the orthopedist eventually operated on the 73-year-old was present when she first arrived.

But “because they were waiting, this surgeon was on his way home when finally contacted and was forced to turn around and return to the hospital to respond, causing a further delay.”

Five hours and six minutes elapsed between Adams arriving at the hospital and the start of the surgery.

Per the Hospital’s Surgical Case Planning Guidelines received from the WFAA, emergency surgery is expected to be performed within one hour in the first available operating room.

Adams’ attorneys proved to a jury that an operating room was available 49 minutes after she arrived at the emergency room.

However, her MRI would not be completed until 48 minutes after that availability.

By the time the laminectomy was complete, too much damage had already been done. Adams is now paralyzed from the chest down, incontinent and needs assistance with everyday tasks like showering and dressing.

Adams told WFAA about the moment she realized her life had changed forever.

“I kept screaming, ‘Help me.’ The pain in my back was so bad. It was horrible to wait. I kept saying, ‘Please, let’s go,'” Adams said.

“I thought the paralysis was temporary. But when I realized it was permanent, it was a shock and a huge tremor. The hospital just didn’t do its job. We just felt like they didn’t act fast enough. If they did I might have been able to stand or use a walker. Maybe I wouldn’t be incontinent. But now I’m like this.”

Attorneys for Lyons and Simmons also showed during the trial that the hospital had violated several other of its policies in delaying care.

A Texas Health spokesman has not yet responded to the WFAA’s request for comment.

During the trial, the hospital’s attorneys argued that Adams was paralyzed before she got to the hospital and that there was no delay in treatment.

However, the jury was not unanimous.

Before this nightmare, Adams and her husband, Rich, were singers, performers, and songwriters.

What used to be a life of music is now constantly focused on helping Adams. Rich also had to retire early to take care of Adams.

“What most people do for themselves, I do for them,” Rich said. “It’s a 24-7 effort to make sure she’s okay.”

“Music has been our lifeblood for so many years and it can’t anymore,” Adams said. “He goes upstairs to play guitar and write and all of a sudden he has to come and neuter me. I just feel like I’m going to wake up from this bad dream, but it’s the same routine.”

Adams just hopes that when patients walk into a hospital and expect to be taken care of, they understand that mistakes can happen when they shouldn’t.

She also prays that her victory in court will resonate with the medical community.

“If they did this to me, will they do this to someone else?” She said.

https://www.kvue.com/article/news/health/north-texas-hospital-waited-hours-spinal-emergency-led-womans-paralysis-10-million-court-win/287-f5dbb5b1-795d-42f7-923e-fd901c4bdfcd Texas woman wins lawsuit against hospital after paralysis

Laura Coffey

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