ATLANTA – February 19, 2024 – Bell Law Firm confirms the filing of a medical malpractice lawsuit in Bibb County on behalf of Jason Hargrove against Navicent Health, Inc., The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Inc., The Macon Orthopaedic & Hand Center, Inc., and Wayne Kelley, Jr., MD. The case arises from healthcare negligently provided to Jason during and after spinal decompression surgery that left him permanently injured.

In February 2022, Jason underwent spinal surgery at Atrium Health Navicent Medical Center (also known as Atrium) in Macon, Georgia. In performing the surgery, Dr. Wayne Kelley, Jr. violated the standard of care by using a posterior approach, injuring Jason’s spinal cord and resulting in permanent neurologic deficits, including paralysis and incontinence.

Following the surgery, Jason was met with additional negligence as nurses employed by the hospital failed to monitor, clean, and reposition him per the post-operative standard of care, causing Jason further pain and suffering.

“What makes Jason’s case heartbreaking is that his injuries were completely preventable,” states Lloyd Bell, Founding Partner at Bell Law Firm. “Dr. Kelley had a responsibility to uphold the medical standard in performing the decompression surgery. Because Dr. Kelley used a contraindicated approach, Jason will live with a permanent injury the rest of his life.”

Bell Law Firm intends to pursue justice for Jason, securing fair and full compensation for him to live his life with the resources and support he needs. To review the complete filing, click here. For more information about Bell Law Firm, visit


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Bell Law Firm is Georgia’s leading medical malpractice and catastrophic injury firm. Founded in 1999 by Lloyd Bell, the firm has recovered hundreds of millions for clients and families impacted by medical negligence, including a record $75M verdict, the largest in Georgia history. The firm also achieved a record-breaking $26M verdict against a Columbus hospital and a $15M verdict against the largest healthcare provider in Georgia. In addition to delivering record verdicts, Bell Law Firm was awarded “Personal Injury Litigation Team of the Year” and “Most Innovative Law Firm” by The Daily Report. Lloyd is also the only Georgia attorney in the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only group of 100 leading trial attorneys in the United States. For more information, visit or listen to Lloyd’s podcast, “Face the Jury.”