How does a botch hernia surgery lead to a $3 million jury verdict?
In 2012, our client discovered that he had an inguinal (groin) hernia after undergoing a CT scan. His primary care physician referred him to a general surgeon who specializes in hernia repairs. Our client consulted with the surgeon, and initially elected not to have his hernia surgically repaired as he had no symptoms. In 2013, our client’s hernia became symptomatic and he had a second consultation with the surgeon, at which time he elected to proceed with the surgery.
In November 2013, the surgeon performed a laparoscopic bilateral inguinal hernia repair surgery on our client. During this procedure, the surgeon implanted mesh in order to repair the hernias, and affixed tacks to the mesh to secure it in place.
A laparoscopic hernia repair surgery using tacks to affix the mesh to the abdominal wall.
The Injuries Change our Clients Life
These injuries completely altered the course of our client’s life. They also altered his career. At the time of his surgery, our client was employed as a campus security guard at a local college. Following the surgery, the physical demands of his job became too much to bear.
Eventually he had to uproot his entire family and move to another state. There he was offered and he accepted a less physically demanding job.
A ProTack device used in the surgery to repair our client’s hernia.
Schulman Blitz, LLP commenced a medical malpractice lawsuit against the surgeon on behalf of our client. Over the course of five years of litigation, the defendant-surgeon continuously denied any responsibility. The surgeon also would not consent to any settlement. As such, the case went to trial before a jury.
That is how one obtains a $3 million Verdict for hernia surgery.
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