(Please note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the proceedings.)
On March 18, 2003, Mr. Smith called Dr. X. “wanting to know if it was possible to come in today for more shots because he is in a lot of pain.”
Family members were sure Dr. X. was making William Smith worse. They begged him to change doctors. He responded that he still trusted Dr. X..
His back wound was now so painful that he could hardly drive his car.
On March 19, 2002, Mr. Smith again saw Dr. X.. Dr. X’s nurse recorded that he was complaining of “severe pain.” Dr. X. prescribed Vicodin as needed for pain. He again injected plaintiff’s open wound with an additional 1 ml of Kenalog. Dr. Bock also had Mr. Fideldy on oral steroids. A copy of the record is referenced herein.
On March 21, 2002, Mr. Smith went back to Dr. X’s office with complaints of pain from the open back wound. Dr. X. increased his Vicodin and Neurontin. This would be Mr. Smith’s last visit to Dr. X..
When he returned home from Dr. X’s office on March 21, 2002, his ex-wife had to pull him from the car. He lay in a fetal position for 24 hours.
In the early morning hours of March 23, 2002, Mr. Smith’s ex-wife, Ms. Greene, could not stand to see him suffer anymore. She insisted on calling an ambulance. Plaintiff agreed. At 4:47 a.m., she placed a call for an ambulance.
The ambulance arrived at Mr. Smith’s house. He was placed on a gurney and rushed to ABC Hospital, arriving at 5:32 a.m. The prehospital care report is referenced herein.
Under Dr. X’s care, plaintiff had progressed from a man with a skin cancer on his back to a man being rushed by ambulance to a hospital emergency room and, ultimately, to a man suffering incomplete quadriplegia. (See Part 6 of 23.)
For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins