Deffenbaugh Sues Hospital Over Paralysis

January 17, 2008

The founder of the huge Deffenbaugh waste management firm sued a Johnson County, Kan. hospital over an incident that allegedly left him a quadriplegic.

The lawsuit says Ronald Deffenbaugh was left sedated, improperly restrained and unattended on an X-ray table last June 20 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. It says that he fell off the table and broke his neck, leaving him paralyzed.

The suit was filed in Johnson County District Court Tuesday, just weeks after Deffenbaugh sold his business in a deal valued at more than $300 million. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

A spokeswoman for the hospital declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The 66-year-old Deffenbaugh went to the hospital after suffering a reaction to pain medication he had been taking for back pain.


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