Practice Area: Medical malpractice
Outcome: $1.4 million cash settlement
Description: Knee surgeon does ACL reconstruction but fails to appreciate that he has nicked the popliteal artery behind knee while drilling through bone from the front. He and the post-op nurses fail to detect the bleeding artery because the surgical tourniquet is arresting blood flow, and because the nurses don't respond to the patient's complaints of unbearable post-operative pain. Loss of circulation and devlopment of compartment syndrome in the calf - when blood build up puts pressure on surrounding tissue - leads to maintenance supervisor's peroneal nerve damage and permanent foot drop with complete loss of foot function..