Plaintiff fell and hurt her back. She had a history of hypertension and cardiac issues.
Plaintiff had a first meeting with Doctor one, an orthopedic surgeon, to discuss her fall in March and her back pain.
At 2:05, Plaintiff saw Doctor two for a lumbar puncture for spinal stenosis.
Plaintiff started having extremely heavy continuous back pain, even after the cortisone shot from earlier in the day.
The plaintiff was seen by Doctor three while in the E.R.
Plaintiff was admitted to the hospital by Doctor three to Doctor four and the primary care physicians.
According to Doctor two's deposition, Doctor two was informed by the nurse that the plaintiff was admitted for a recent fall (referring to her fall in March). Doctor two did not place an order for an MRI, but told the nurse and the radiology department to expect an order for an MRI.
If the order was made before 4:00 PM, Doctor two would interpret it. If after 4:00 PM, it should go to the on-call radiologist.
Doctor two had wanted an ordered lumbar MRI to be marked STAT, not in his name. Doctor four ordered the MRI unmarked in status (not STAT) with Doctor two's name on it to interpret.
Actions taken by hospital staff:
Doctor one, the orthopedic surgeon, noted decreased motor skill in the plaintiff's left lower extremity.
Nurse one completed the MRI at 9:00 P.M.
Marked weakness was recorded in the plaintiff's lower left and lower right extremeties (worse than the mild weakness from the night before).
Doctor two found that the MRI had not been interpreted at all since receiving it the night before, and that it was marked STAT with his name.
Doctor two requested that Doctor five interpret the MRI film.
Doctor six recorded that the plaintiff's pain was better, but that should could not wiggle her left toes anymore.
After viewing the MRI, neurosurgeon Doctor seven ordered for an emergency surgery.