The 24-year-old plaintiff underwent a right hemi-discectomy to remove a herniated disc. Post-operatively, plaintiff awoke with paraparesis and bowel and bladder dysfunction.
Plaintiff underwent extensive physical therapy and eventually regained the majority of the function of his legs, but continued to have bowel incontinence.
Defense contended that plaintiff’s post-operative injuries were the result of a motor neuron lesion remote from the level of the surgery.
Plaintiff sought over $5.5 million. The jury returned a defense verdict.