Our client sought treatment at the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center. An MRI scan of the cervical spine revealed degenerative disc disease on multiple areas of his spine. Medical providers at the Louisiana VA facility advised him to undergo an anterior diskectomy and fusion, a type of neck surgery that involves removing a damaged disc to relieve spinal cord or nerve root pressure and alleviate corresponding pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling. But during the procedure, the resident doctor further damaged our client’s spine. He used a Cloward drill to remove the disk at the C6-7 level, after which it was noted that spinal fluid was drained from the interspace. It was at this time the surgeon realized he damaged the patient’s spine. When he awoke from surgery, he had paralysis of his lower extremities and partial paralysis of his upper extremities. Despite all attempts to rehabilitate his spinal cord, his injuries are permanent. He is now wheelchair-bound and requires a high level of assistance with activities of daily living, and he will for the rest of his life.

Settlement Breakdown

$2,058,503 net to client

$700,000 attorneys’ fees

$41,497 case expenses