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$1,835,000 Neurosurgical Malpractice

June 29th, 2017 Results

A 36 year old woman with a long history of back pain underwent surgery at a Brooklyn hospital to repair an implanted pain modulating device. The surgeon contused her spinal cord causing a temporary post-operative inability to move her legs. Over time, she developed many unexplained symptoms and was diagnosed with a psychological conversion disorder with no organic explanation. In spite of the defense that incapacitation was caused by an unrelated mental ailment, we argued that the psychological infirmity was caused by the trauma of experiencing loss of leg function immediately after surgery. We advocated that our client’s post-operative psychological disorder was precipitated by neurological malpractice in the performance of the operation. The matter settled at a pre-trial mediation.