As an experienced Baltimore, Maryland medical malpractice lawyer, I am frequently asked to comment on malpractice cases from around the county. Recently, a Rhode Island jury awarded a former truck driver $4 million in an orthopedic negligence case. The man filed suit in 2002 alleging that the doctor negligently performed surgery on his hand by slicing a nerve. This allegedly caused his hand to hurt, change color and temperature, and sweat. He eventually was diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome, a chronic neurological disorder that causes severe pain. His hand since has become claw-like, and continues to have pain. As a result, he has become addicted to pain medication and relies on drugs to fall asleep each night. A copy of an article regarding the case can be found here.
This was a major verdict in a difficult case. While it would have been easy to show the jury the disfigured hand, juries sometimes have difficulty understanding Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, which is a chronic pain syndrome. The defense usually claims the person is exaggerating, and juries have difficulty grasping that a limb that may look ok is causing severe pain. Brining is experts to explain RSD to the jury is key.
I have handled a large number of medical malpractice cases in Baltimore, Maryland and other places involving surgical mistakes. Sometimes the mistakes are discovered right after surgery and others times it take months or years to discover. Usually, the client is told that the surgery will solve their problem, but the surgery ends up making it worse. Some of the cases I have handled have involved medical malpractice due to the failure to properly perform brain surgery, failure to properly perform back or spinal surgery, failure to properly perform gallbladder surgery, failure to properly perform lung surgery, failure to properly perform bariatric surgery (also known as stomach stapling), etc. To see some of the cases I have handled, click here .