When hospital negligence occurs, the medical results can be catastrophic. A hospital’s executive leadership team is ultimately responsible for implementing the policies and procedures that keep patients safe. In the case of U.S. Army veteran George “Mike” Egan, medical personnel at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina, delayed spinal surgery for more than 18 months with devastating results. Despite an MRI clearly showing a ruptured disc and severely compressed nerves in Egan’s lower spine, the Columbia VA didn’t have a neurosurgeon on staff and did not transfer Egan to a private hospital or another VA hospital with a neurosurgeon.
Rather than send Egan to a spinal surgeon, VA personnel placed him on a regimen of powerful pain medications and epidural injections which did not relieve the damaging pressure on his spinal nerves. After more than a year of unsuccessful treatment, Egan lost the ability to stand. VA personnel then placed him on more powerful drugs. He became delirious and was placed in a medically induced coma. When Egan awoke, he had lost the function of his legs and all sensation below the waist. When Egan finally had spinal surgery, the compressed nerves were permanently damaged and the Vietnam veteran was left paralyzed. The U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina awarded $3.23M in damages for lack of treatment.
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