Doe v. Roe Neurosurgeon
Construction Worker Paralyzed By Surgeon's Malpractice
John Doe, a construction worker, injured his back at work. He consulted
with Roe Neurosurgeon, who told him that he needed surgery. A day later,
while the surgeon was still waiting for authorization from Doe's insurer
to perform the surgery, Doe suddenly lost the use of his legs. He was
taken by ambulance to the hospital.
When Roe Surgeon was notified, he had Doe admitted to a hospital room,
but never visited him, despite repeated calls by hospital staff that they
felt the patient's condition required immediate attention. It turned
out that Mr. Doe had developed cauda equine syndrome, a serious problem
that if not immediately operated on can result in permanent neurological
damage. Eventually a substitute surgeon was located, but the surgery was
too late to prevent plaintiff from being
Biren Law Group recovered the maximum (extremely limited) amount allowed
by California law on medical malpractice cases—$250,000 general
damages each for Mr. and Mrs. Doe plus $1 million in out of pocket losses.
Mr. Doe's lifetime medical expenses were also paid by his company's
worker's compensation insurer.