Palm Beach County FL Medical Malpractice: Semi-paralyzed woman awarded $36M

05/12/2010 // West Palm Beach, Florida, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Palm Beach County, FL— A former pain management doctor will be required to pay $36 million in damages as a result of a medical malpractice lawsuit. The case stemmed from the permanent injuries a woman suffered after undergoing a botched steroid injection. A Palm Beach County jury announced the medical malpractice verdict on Thursday, May 6, 2010, as reported by the Palm Beach Post.

According to information provided, 52-year-old Kathleen Ramey reported to Dr. Andrew Weiss’ office after suffering injuries in a motor vehicle accident.

Ramey underwent treatment, which included a steroid injection, in September 2000. However, Dr. Weiss seemingly failed to treat her properly. Ramey was left with a four-inch hole in her spinal cord as a result of the seemingly erroneous steroid injection. Due to the doctor’s negligence, Ramey was partially paralyzed after the procedure.

Dr. Weiss is currently serving a 12-year federal prison sentence for his illegal distribution in 2006. Weiss plead guilty to the charges in 2006 and subsequently had his medical license revoked. He was a pain management doctor in West Palm Beach prior to his convictions.

According to the medical malpractice attorney representing plaintiff Ramey, “Instead of being pain free and on the road to recovery, Ms. Ramey was left with what amounts to a degenerative condition that is growing worse with time… She only leaves the house for doctor visits and when she does, she suffers the stares of strangers. With one injection, she lost all quality of life.”

The imprisoned ex-doctor has been ordered to pay Ramey $23.6 million and her husband $13 million.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Florida Medical Malpractice Lawyers.

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