Man awarded $12 million after becoming paralyzed during physical exam at doctor’s office

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ATLANTA, Ga. – A routine trip to the doctor changed Cris Nelson’s life forever.

In 2012, Nelson went to Emory Newton Medical Clinic to get a physical exam for work.

According to WGCL, he sat on an exam table while employees performed the physical exam.

At one point, he had to have his blood drawn.

“She turned away to get a Band-Aid and he fell off the table face first and landed on his neck and broke his neck,” said Lloyd Bell, Nelson’s attorney.

As a result of the fall, Nelson was paralyzed.

Bell says that it is common for patients to pass out while having blood drawn, and medical personnel should have moved Nelson to a chair rather than have him stay on the table.

Nelson sued facility and a jury just awarded him $12 million. They also awarded his wife $3 million to care for him.

Emory Healthcare told WGCL that it is “reviewing the verdict and will determine next steps accordingly.”


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