Failure to Meet Accepted Standards of Care Paralyzes Women From the Knee Down; Settled for $790,000
A 60-year-old woman underwent a total left hip arthroplasty and awoke from surgery paralyzed from the knee down. Studies showed there had been severe damage to the sciatic nerve. She underwent additional surgery which confirmed there was a direct injury to the nerve resulting in her paralysis. It was below the accepted standards of care to traumatize the nerve and Hodes Milman Liebeck successfully obtained a $790,000 settlement on the day of trial.