BARBARA WALLACE courthousenews.com A man has sued Kaiser for $5 million, alleging that he nearly died when labs showed a "significant infection" but he was not treated or even notified because it was "the weekend." The infection was in his spine and resulted in quadriplegia and complete disability, his complaint says. Johnny B. Wright sued Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc., for medical negligence in the District of Columbia Superior Court. Under the doctrine of respondeat superior, he blames Kaiser for the negligence of Kaiser doctors Rumana T. Shameem and Dr. Francis A. Freisinger, an unidentified Kaiser advice nurse and other Kaiser doctors who treated him at (non-Kaiser) Holy Cross Hospital. His wife Linda E. Wright sued for loss of consortium. Johnny Wright says in his complaint that he was diagnosed with "a wrist strain, back strain and inflammatory arthritis," at (non-party) Doctor's Community Hospital on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. He says he called Kaiser advice nurse (non-party) Heather Thomas early the next morning, because the pain medications he was given were not bringing relief. At her suggestion, he visited a Kaiser facility where Dr. Shameem saw him and ordered an x-ray and complete blood count, injected him with Toradol, and then sent him home with Prednisone and Oxycodone, according to the complaint. Prednisone is used for arthritis because it suppresses the immune system, according to online sources. Mr. Wright says the blood count results, reported that afternoon, "indicated that plaintiff was suffering from a significant infection. However, as it was now the weekend, no effort was made to notify plaintiff of these laboratory results and plaintiff was not treated for an infection." to read more click here: courthousenews.com
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