Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 5, 2014 — This wrongful death, medical malpractice lawsuit resulted in a $3 million award. The family wanted to make others aware of the risks of pain injections.
“When Joel Burnette turned 40-years old, he took his own life in 2013. He was in unrelenting pain, due to serious spinal injuries allegedly caused by a physician at a local pain clinic. The jury awarded $3 million, but with the lawsuit award cap on non-economic damages, the family will receive $250,000. The total award would then be $1.67 million,” explains Daren Monroe, a Litigation Funding Corporation representative.
Burnett’s family chose to file a lawsuit to send a message to others about the complications and risks resulting from pain injections. The verdict is set to be appealed, as there were allegations that the deceased had psychiatric problems.
The deceased dealt with pain in his lower back on a daily basis. That pain drove him to seek the assistance of a pain clinic, run by two doctors. Burnette was injected in May 2008 and again in December 2008. The shots administered in December did not stop the pain and he returned in January 2009. A second doctor injected him, but the medication did not work. Shortly afterward a painful lump grew at the injection site.
Burnette was told it was normal to have some swelling. He returned again in January for another injection and asked again about the lump. He was told there was no problem. Shortly after the second shot, the man was found in a state of disorientation and taken to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with meningitis as a result of MRSA bacteria. He lived, but his spinal nerves were permanently damaged and inflamed. He lost control of his bladder and bowels and became impotent. He could not walk without being in severe pain.
“Before his case was heard, he took his own life. His parents took over the lawsuit and stated that although he had bipolar disorder, it was under control,” said Monroe.
The family would still need to pay the enormous medical bills as a result of their son’s stay in hospital, the injections and the various treatments to help him with his lower back. It would be difficult to handle all their regular financial obligations in addition to these added expenses.
“The perfect solution for them may have been to apply for pre-settlement funding and obtain a lawsuit loan that would help them get back on their feet financially while waiting for their case to be resolved,” Monroe outlined. Plaintiffs who apply for litigation funding only need to provide the details of their lawsuit and the name of their attorney prior to having their application assessed. If they lose their lawsuit in court, they keep the pre-settlement funding, with no strings attached.
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