Paris V Defendants

  • 02/20/2008
    Counsel: James D. Sloan
    Client: Defendant Defendant Neurosurgeon
    Outcome: Defense Verdict

Synopsis:

The defendant-neurosurgeon performed a three-level cervical laminectomy at C2-3, C3-4 and C4-5 on the plaintiff, who was 67 years old at the time.  Pre-operative imaging studies had shown stenosis and advanced cervical spondylosis with degenerative disc disease at those levels.  On post-operative day four, a CT scan showed either a hematoma or fluid collection causing some compression of the spinal cord.  The defendant-neurosurgeon recognized the development and offered to perform decompression/exploratory procedure, but the plaintiff refused.  She developed pain, numbness and tingling in her arms and hands.  The jury deliberated for 2½ hours before returning a defense verdict.