On Friday, a Kansas appeals court upheld a big jury award in the case of a 40-year-old man who took his life after a botched medical procedure left him with overwhelming spinal injuries.
The $2.88 million judgment in 2014 was the biggest malpractice award in Johnson County in more than 25 years. Because of Kansas’ cap on noneconomic damages, it was later reduced to $1.67 million.
Joel Burnette had gone to PainCARE of Overland Park to get relief from chronic back pain. He got a steroid injection, which he claimed punctured a swelling in his back that was infected.