Colombrito v. Janga
A man who was hospitalized for a spinal tap is paralyzed from the waist down due to the development of a hematoma at the lumbar puncture site, which compressed his spinal cord causing paralysis. The man underwent emergency surgical decompression two days later, which turned out to be unsuccessful. The patient sued Dr. Sireesha Janga (his medical doctor) for $12.4M claiming that he was responsible for failing to properly discontinue anticoagulants prior to the spinal tap as well as failing to follow up on an MRI. The jury concluded that Janga was 51 percent liable and the hospital and neurologist who delivered the spinal tap were found 45 percent liable. The facts stated reduced the jury’s $22.5 million award.