Orthopedic surgery expert witnesses are called upon to evaluate allegations of medical negligence in the treatment of orthopedic patients. A major spine industry lawsuit in 2016 charges Oregon Health & Science University and one of its surgeons with negligence resulting in the paralysis of their patient. Roger Dale Brown’s lawsuit states that OHSU and Dr. Clifford Lin are responsible for his paralysis after Dr. Lin dropped a surgical instrument on his spinal cord twice during a March 11, 2016 operation. Mr. Brown originally sought treatment for a pinched nerve in his neck. He is now paralyzed from the neck down following the 2016 surgery.
Mr. Brown states that his medical bills have already hit $2M. He is seeking $22M to cover $10M for future medical bills, costs of future care and household services including modifications to his home. He also asks for $10M for pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. The Oregon Circuit Court, County of Multnomah, case Roger Dale Brown v. Oregon Health & Science University; and Clfford Lin, MD, (16CV25037) states:
As a result of defendants’ negligence, Roger Brown sustained permanent injuries, including a spinal cord injury causing permanent quadriplegia, urinary and fecal incontinence, physical pain, interference with activities of daily living, and loss of enjoyment of life, all to plaintiffs non-economic damages in an amount to be determined by a jury at trial but not expected to exceed $10,000,000. As a further result of defendants’ negligence, plaintiff has incurred past medical bills in the approximate amount of $2,000,000 and will incur future medical bills, care costs, loss of household services and need home modifications in the approximate amount of $1 0,000,000, all to his economic damage in the amount of $12,000,000.
Orthopedic surgery malpractice may have terrible consequences. In this case, a 59 year old man with a pinched nerve in his neck chose surgery. The procedure resulted in his being paralyzed from the neck down. Only a leading orthopedic expert can review difficult cases such as this and determine whether there was a breach of care and possible causation. Contact ELITE Medical Experts to find the expert witness who understands the details of your medical negligence case.