Case Study: Transverse Myelitis (TM)

Diagnosis: Transverse Myelitis (TM)

A 40-year-old man received a seasonal flu shot. Seven weeks later, he presented to the emergency room with symptoms of urinary retention. He also experienced back pain, abdominal discomfort, and numbness and tingling in his legs and feet. He was subsequently hospitalized for one week, underwent MRIs, and was diagnosed with transverse myelitis. His treatment included a 5-day course of IVIG, physical therapy, outpatient neurology and urology follow-up care. His residual symptoms include weakness and fatigue.

Result: Petitioner was awarded $330,000, inclusive of his claims for lost wages, past expenses, minimal future medical needs and pain and suffering.