Orthopedic Malpractice Involving Hand Surgery


Verdict Amount: $650,000.00
Verdict Date: 6/2002
Attorney: Howard D. Mishkind

Description of Case: Plaintiff, a 46-year-old woman, went to Defendant orthopedic surgeon expecting to have a synovectomy performed on her right hand and wrist to correct cosmetic deformities secondary to her rheumatoid arthritis. Defendant performed a Darrach procedure (resection of the distal ulnar head) without her consent or knowledge. Defendant alleged that Plaintiff was advised of the procedure as well as the risks and complications prior to the procedure. Plaintiff argued that she would never have consented to the surgery which was to correct cosmetic deformities had she been advised that the procedure would involve removal of bone from her wrist. Plaintiff has limited use of her right wrist secondary to Defendant’s surgery.

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