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Man sues South Dakota medical center, clinic for back injury

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A South Dakota man is suing a medical center and an orthopedic clinic for negligence in failing to treat his back injury that resulted in a permanent disability.

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SIOUX FALLS (AP) - A South Dakota man is suing a medical center and an orthopedic clinic for negligence in failing to treat his back injury that resulted in a permanent disability.

The Argus Leader reports that Michael Braman's lawsuit says he sought treatment at Huron Regional Medical Center in 2016 for back pain but the hospital delayed conducting an MRI.

The lawsuit says the MRI later showed a herniated disk obstructing his spinal cord. The lawsuit alleges a physician consulted an Orthopedic Institute Sioux Falls doctor, who suggested Braman's surgery could wait.

Braman was later diagnosed with severe compression of the spinal cord requiring immediate surgery at another Sioux Falls hospital. The lawsuit says Braman remains "severely disabled."

Huron Regional and the Orthopedic Institute both deny responsibility for the delayed treatment.

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