Defense Verdict for Orthopedic Surgeon in Week-long Medical Malpractice Trial
Gary Lovell and Andy Countryman obtained a defense verdict in a week-long medical malpractice trial in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Plaintiff was a 46-year old who suffered injuries including hip fractures and dislocation in an automobile accident in August 2010. The Defendant orthopedic surgeon saw Plaintiff in the ER and reduced the hip dislocation. The Defendant also saw Plaintiff for follow up over the ensuing months, during which Plaintiff’s hip pain never resolved. The Defendant ultimately performed a hip replacement surgery on Plaintiff. Following the surgery and after initially improving, Plaintiff experienced hip pain and complained of an awkward gait and leg length differential. Plaintiff sued the orthopedic surgeon alleging he performed an unnecessary hip replacement procedure and performed the surgery incorrectly leading to a leg length discrepancy. Plaintiff sought over $400,000 in damages. The jury returned a defense verdict after deliberating for 35 minutes.