March 2012 

Illinois: Prangle Successfully Defends Neurosurgeon

Partner Mike Prangle successfully defended an Illinois neurosurgeon against claims that the 38-year-old plaintiff suffered from left leg radiculopathy as a result of a misplaced fusion cage during a lumbar fusion. Despite pain developing three months after the surgery, plaintiff urged that the left fusion cage was negligently placed 100% outside of the disk space during surgery causing nerve root compression. Despite the fact that surgery to remove the fusion cage performed shortly before trial reportedly resulted in the relief of plaintiff's radicular pain, the defense established at trial that the leg pain was a result of progressive foraminal stenosis. After seven days of evidence, the jury returned a unanimous verdict for the defense in less than 90 minutes.