- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 27, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A paralyzed man is suing a South Dakota medical center and an orthopedic clinic for alleged negligence in failing to treat his back injury that resulted in a permanent disability.

Michael Braman alleges in his lawsuit that he sought treatment at Huron Regional Medical Center in 2016 for back pain after tripping on a rug, the Argus Leader reported. The hospital delayed conducting an MRI until the day after he was admitted, according to the lawsuit.

The MRI showed Braman was suffering from a herniated disk obstructing his spinal cord. The lawsuit alleges a physician consulted Dr. Matt McKenzie at the Orthopedic Institute in Sioux Falls, who advised that Braman didn’t need immediate surgery. McKenzie suggested scheduling the spinal surgery for after the weekend, according to the lawsuit.

Huron Regional and the Orthopedic Institute both deny responsibility for the delayed treatment.

The Orthopedic Institute denied that McKenzie spoke with a Huron Regional emergency room physician or that he recommended delaying surgery. The Huron Regional Medical Center alleged that Braman’s medical records show their emergency room staff was told he could wait and be transferred to the Sioux Falls clinic.



Braman was taken in an ambulance to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls a few days before his scheduled surgery. A neurosurgeon diagnosed him with cauda equine syndrome, a severe compression of the spinal cord. The diagnosis required immediate emergency surgery, which he received.

Mr. Braman underwent extensive post-surgical rehabilitation, but despite all rehabilitative efforts, he remains permanently and severely disabled,” the lawsuit states.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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