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Paraplegic awarded $1.5M from Fresno Kaiser hospital

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POSTED September 5, 2012 7:30 p.m.

FRESNO (AP) — A man who was left partially paralyzed by an infection has been awarded $1.5 million from a Fresno medical center.

Jurors ruled Tuesday that Kaiser Permanente Medical Center was 30 percent negligent for Dusten Chevalier's condition. However, the jury said Chevalier himself was mostly responsible.

The 27-year-old was left a paraplegic because of an untreated staph infection. His suit said Kaiser discovered the infection through a blood test after he went to the emergency room.

Kaiser says it repeatedly tried to contact Chevalier but his contact information was wrong and he failed to keep follow-up appointments with specialists. Police were called in but couldn't locate him.



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