$1 Million Malpractice Verdict Follows Carpal Tunnel Surgery
Patient's median nerve was cut by physician using Chow technique.
Published: June 27, 2013
An Illinois surgeon and his practice group are on the hook for a $1.066 million malpractice verdict after a botched endoscopic carpal tunnel procedure involving an 82-year-old female patient, according to court records.
David Burt, MD, of the Midwest Sports Medicine Institute in Plainfield, Ill., admitted in testimony that he cut the patient's median nerve during a 2009 surgery, but said it was a complication that didn't rise to the level of malpractice. The jury, which returned its verdict on June 18, disagreed.
Bradley Pollock, of the Wheaton, Ill., law firm Walsh, Knippen, Pollock & Cetina, who represented the patient, said Dr. Burt was using the dual-portal Chow technique when the nerve was cut. "The wrist has 30 fascicles and he cut 29 of them," said Mr. Pollock.
The patient later had reconstructive nerve surgery, but it was only partially successful, says Mr. Pollock. "She's in continuous pain," he said. "Before this, she was really active. This really affected her life, both in terms of pain and discomfort, and in her ability to do things."
The Midwest Sports Medicine Institute did not return a call by Outpatient Surgery Magazine seeking comment.
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