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Surgical Error Led to Leg Amputations, Settled for $1.25 Million Settlement

What happened: Our client was struggling with back pain radiating down her left leg. She went to defendant neurosurgeon who advised her that she needed low back disc surgery. When the doctor performed the surgery, he failed to properly control the surgical instruments (surgical medical malpractice) and allowed one of the surgical tools to cut three vessels in our client's abdomen, causing extensive internal bleeding. A repair of the damaged vessels by a vascular surgeon was attempted, but was not successful. Our client ultimately lost both her legs, which were amputated to save her life.

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Key legal strategy: Five highly qualified experts were quickly retained to support the plaintiff's case. In addition, it was anticipated that the doctor's attorneys would try to blame the vascular surgeon for the amputation of the lower legs. For this reason, the attorneys representing our client retained a vascular surgeon known to be a favorite witness of defense counsel to help support our client's case. Accordingly, when he was contacted by the doctor's attorneys, he could not assist them in the defense of the case, as he was retained as one of our expert medical doctors.

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Court/dates: Newport News Circuit Court 2003

Staff: James C. Lewis, Attorney



The medical malpractice case involving amputated legs was settled before trial for 1.25 million dollars.