Couple sues for medical negligence

BY DI STAFF | MAY 13, 2014 5:00 AM

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An Iowa City man who sought treatment for back injury at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has sued the state alleging medical negligence, according to court documents.

In the lawsuit, Rodger Cline says he fell off of a roof in 2011 and was diagnosed with a clavicle fracture and numerous rib fractures. He claims he continued to have severe back pain after rehabilitation for his other symptoms.

Cline contends UIHC physicians failed to diagnose spinal fractures and that Richard LeBlond, UIHC chief quality officer, wrote a letter to Cline admitting UIHC provided substandard care. Cline maintains he has a permanent back injury.

His wife, Susan Cline, is also suing. Together, they are suing the state, through UIHC, for medical expenses, lost income, physical and mental pain and suffering, loss of full body, and loss of companionship of a spouse.

The couple is seeking damages and a jury trial.

— by Chris Higgins

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