Woman awarded damages for spinal cord injuries

Posted on May 11, 2010
A Palm Beach jury has awarded a Florida woman $36.6 million for a botched steroid injection that left her with spinal injuries and a disfigured right arm.

Kathleen Ramey, 52, sought treatment from Dr. Andrew Weiss in 2000 after suffering injuries in a car accident. To help her manage her pain, he had administered steroid injections. One injection left Ramey with a four-inch hole in her spinal cord that left her with a degenerative condition causing her to be in constant pain.

Her attorney attested that her condition has worsened over time and Ramey is only able to leave the house for doctor's visits and has lost her quality of life.

Weiss was not present during the trial as he is serving 12 year prison sentence for illegally distributing oxycodone. His medical license has been revoked.

The jury ordered Weiss to pay $23.6 million to Ramey and $13 million to her husband.