ORLANDO – A woman alleges she suffered a spinal injury after an epidural injection for a surgery.
Harriet K. Cook filed a complaint on Dec. 28 in the 9th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida - Orange County against The Joseph L. Riley Anesthesia Associates Inc. and Michael Rubeis MD alleging negligence.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on April 8, 2015, the 83-year-old plaintiff suffered from a severe cervical spinal cord injury, which further resulted in disability, pain and suffering, disfigurement, aggravation of a pre-existing condition, and incurred medical expenses, from undergoing a fluoroscopic guided cervical epidural injection procedure for a requisite spinal cord decompression surgery. She alleges the procedure was negligently performed by the defendants.
The plaintiff holds The Joseph L. Riley Anesthesia Associates Inc. and Rubeis responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to document the location of the needle and catheter before performing the injection and Rubeis allegedly failed to recognize that he was injecting directly into the spinal cord and/or thecal sac.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants, compensatory damages, costs, interest, and further relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Kenneth J. McKenna of Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna, Ruffier and Sos in Orlando.
9th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida - Orange County Case number 50567701