$1,000,000 Settlement for Development of Cauda Equina Syndrome Caused By Surgeon’s Failure to Appropriately Address Post-Operative Complication
John underwent a laminectomy at a Philadelphia Hospital, to address a herniated disc. In the immediate postoperative period he experienced classic signs of cauda equina syndrome, including difficulty urinating and moving his bowels, as well as increased numbness in his genital area and weakness of his legs, resulting in an inability to stand or walk. Despite a MRI that exhibited concern for a hematoma or collection of blood compressing his spine and a clinical picture consistent with cauda equina syndrome, a true neurosurgical emergency, his surgeon failed to take John back to the Operating Room to relieve the pressure on his spine until the 5th post operative day. As a result of the surgeon’s delay in addressing the cauda equina syndrome John experienced profound and life altering permanent deficits, including persistent pain, an inability to control his bladder and bowel function, to walk without the aide of an assistive device, or to fully function in the role of father and spouse. Stephen Raynes and his team were able to secure the available insurance policy limits — a settlement of $1 million for John and his family.
Marta wrenched her back and went to two different Philadelphia-area emergency rooms with complaints of severe pain and numbness down both legs, as well as urologic dysfunction. She was suffering from an emergency neurological condition known as cauda equina syndrome, which required immediate surgery. This condition went undiagnosed by the physicians at two hospitals, and as a result Marta suffers from permanent neurological dysfunction. Stephen Raynes secured a global settlement in excess of $5 million from the medical providers and from the homeowner’s policy of Marta’s mother (at whose house Marta initially injured herself).
$2,000,000 Settlement for Inappropriate Administration of Blood Thinner Medication Following Spinal Surgery
Anthony, a 70 year old man, underwent a surgical procedure at a Philadelphia Hospital. In the early postoperative period the hospital staff gave him a blood thinner, Lovenox, to prevent blood clots, however his attending neurosurgeon was not consulted regarding the decision to administer this medication. The use of this blood thinner was contraindicated following the type of spinal surgery that Anthony had and the medication caused the development of an epidural hematoma, bleeding that compressed his spinal cord. As a result of the bleeding he required reoperation to decompress the pressure on his spinal cord, but as a result of the negligence on the part of the hospital staff Anthony developed permanent neurological deficits, including weakness of his legs and bladder and bowel problems. Stephen Raynes and his team secured a settlement of $2 million from the medical providers who were responsible for Anthony’s injury.