Jury awards nearly $3 million in malpractice case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The parents of a Missouri man awarded nearly $3 million by a Kansas jury say they hope the case helps raise awareness of the risks and possible complications from pain injections.

A Johnson County, Kan., jury last month awarded the family of Joel Burnette $2.88 million, the largest such award in a malpractice case in the county in more than a quarter century.

The Kansas City Star reports the 40-year-old Gladstone, Mo., resident killed himself in February 2013 after suffering spinal damage from a steroid injection administered in an infected area where he had received previous shots.

Attorney Bruce Keplinger, representing pain doctor Kimber Eubanks and his Overland Park, Kan., pain clinic, says the verdict will be appealed. Keplinger says Burnette’s history of psychiatric issues led to his suicide.

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