BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore man who says he was left paralyzed from the mid-chest down because of negligent post-operative care has been awarded $3.9 million.

A jury awarded the damages to 64-year-old Richard Dallatezza and his wife on Wednesday following a weeklong trial.

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The Daily Record reports that Dallatezza underwent successful spinal cord surgery at Saint Agnes Hospital in November 2012. In his lawsuit, Dallatezza says his neurosurgeon incorrectly restarted him on blood-pressure medication that later led to a stroke in his spinal cord.

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Attorneys for Dallatezza’s neurosurgeon, Dr. Charles Schnee, argued that a blood clot was responsible for the stroke.

Dallatezza’s attorney says that claim is not supported by medical records.

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Schnee and his Baltimore practice were the defendants in the case. Schnee’s attorney did not return calls for comment.
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