A Yakima, Washington medical malpractice jury returned its verdict in favor of the plaintiff in the amount of $1,219,052 on July 27, 2017 against a local spine surgeon for the severe pain and forward, left lean of her spine she experienced following surgery in 2011 that was intended to address her chronic scoliosis pain that had flared up. The Washington medical malpractice jury awarded the plaintiff $219,052 in past medical expenses and $1,000,000 in noneconomic damages.
The 42-year-old plaintiff alleged in her Washington medical malpractice lawsuit that the spine surgery performed by the defendant spine surgeon breached the standard of care and that his follow-up care was inadequate and also breached the standard of care.
The plaintiff testified before the Washington medical malpractice jury that as a result of the defendant’s negligently performed spine surgery, her pain after surgery was so intense that it caused her to pass out on occasions over the three-year period before another spine surgeon performed successful surgery in August 2014 that corrected the defendant’s negligent medical care.
Past Problems For The Defendant Spine Surgeon
The defendant spine surgeon reportedly had back surgery himself after which he filled numerous prescriptions for painkillers during late 2011 and early 2012.
The defendant spine surgeon reportedly tested positive for narcotics and benzodiazepines after his colleagues in the hospital reported his alleged abnormal behavior in the operating room in March 2012 during neck and spine surgery that he was performing, and the surgical patient reportedly suffered post-operative complications. The surgeon was reportedly removed from the operating room as a result after which he voluntarily completed inpatient treatment and entered into a probation agreement in 2014 with the Washington Department of Health in which he agreed to submit to random drug testing and monitoring by another physician.
The defendant spine surgeon’s LinkedIn profile describes himself as follows: “I am a Board Certified Neurosurgeon and have practiced general neurosurgery in Washington state for 17 years. I have completed a spine fellowship at The University of Miami March 28th 2015. From my fellowship I have gained expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery and major deformity correction. I have relocated my practice to Orlando Florida where I specialize in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. My plan is to continue general neurosurgery including skull base and endoscopic brain surgery. I have posted a few videos of operations that I have performed over the years. I have used these videos to teach medical students at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.”
If you or a loved one have been told that you should have spine surgery, you should seek the second opinion of a qualified spine surgeon regarding your need for surgery and available alternatives, and you should fully complete your due diligence in determining whether the spine surgeon is the most appropriate surgeon to perform the recommended surgery, considering your circumstances.
If you or a loved one were injured during or following spine surgery and the harm suffered was unexpected or unanticipated, you should promptly find a medical malpractice lawyer in your U.S. state who may investigate your spine surgery claim for you and represent you in a surgical malpractice case, if appropriate.
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