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Patient alleges medical professionals caused his paralysis due to spinal surgery


By Carrie Bradon | Apr 29, 2019

GALEVESTON — A Galveston County man is suing a medical facility, alleging he was caused paralysis during spinal surgery.

David L. Connell Sr. filed a complaint Feb. 25 in Galveston County District Court against University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, alleging medical negligence.

According to the complaint, on Dec. 16, 2016, Connell at UTMB in Galveston for lumbar spine surgery. The suit says he was enrolled in physical therapy but was not given more treatment. 

Connell says he began to suffer degenerative disc disease and that the pedicle screws used for the plaintiff's spinal surgery caused him permanent paralysis.

Connell seeks trial by jury, damages between $100,000 and $1 million, attorney fees, court costs and all just relief.  He is represented by attorneys Michael S. Hays of Michael Hays Law PLLC in Houston and by Michael S. Shelton of The Shelton Law Firm in Houston.

Galveston County District Court case number 19-CV-0304

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