CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateCALIFORNIA: Modesto Doctors to Pay $5M After TB Ruined Girl's Spine
By Ken Carlson
July 10, 2013
Modesto Bee (07.08.2013)
A September 2011 lawsuit filed in Stanislaus County, Calif., Superior Court alleged that a Modesto clinic and its doctors failed to diagnose and treat a now 17-year-old girl with spinal TB as the disease was destroying her cervical spine. Subsequently, she suffered a ruptured vertebra in her neck in August 2010, causing her to lose the use of her arms and legs and to require 24-hour care and medical attention for the remainder of her life. The clinic and doctors have agreed to a $5 million legal settlement, which Judge Roger Beauchesne was set to approve in court on July 8. Attorney David Rancano charged that Pott’s disease, or spinal TB, was curable when diagnosed and treated, but the girl’s doctors did not recognize the disease. Rancano noted the misdiagnosis should not have happened in a county close to Bay Area university hospitals, considered among the best in the world.