Pennsylvania Jury Awards Paralyzed Man $2.2 Million in MPL Suit

The Titusville Herald

A Crawford County, Pennsylvania, jury awarded Robert Anthony, a logger, and his wife $2.2 million for an undetected spinal injury, which has left him a paraplegic.

The Anthonys claimed doctors at Titusville Area Hospital didn't properly examine him after a 500-pound treetop slammed into Anthony's back in the summer of 2012. Anthony claimed he was in too much pain to lie down properly for a complete set of spinal X-rays and the incomplete set didn't detect the spinal fracture that eventually paralyzed him. The Anthonys argued he should have been given a CT scan instead, and a jury agreed after hearing testimony from a surgeon who said Anthony would be walking today had the fracture been diagnosed properly. Instead, Anthony was hospitalized for three days before he spent two painful days at home, and eventually was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital. By then, he was paralyzed from the chest down, the lawsuit said.