Defense Verdict in Medical Negligence Case Against Podiatrist

Potera-Haskins v. Willamette Valley Foot & Ankle et al., Multnomah County Case No. 1302-02902

Plaintiff saw a podiatrist, Dr. Russo, at Willamette Valley Foot & Ankle for an ingrown toenail in March of 2011. Dr. Russo performed a chemical treatment on Plaintiff’s toe. Plaintiff returned several weeks later with continuing pain. She was instructed to wear her post-operative shoe and to see a specialist if her pain persisted. Plaintiff had continuing problems and saw multiple other doctors before finally being diagnosed with tarsal tunnel syndrome by an out-of-state doctor.  She underwent surgery to help repair the toe.

She alleged that Defendant was negligent for performing the chemical treatment without informed consent and failing to diagnose and treat tarsal tunnel syndrome. She alleged permanent injury to her toe which will require her to use a walking boot for the rest of her life.  She sought $300,000 for medical expenses and $3,500,000 in non-economic damages.

Defendant denied every element of Plaintiff’s claim.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – J. William Savage

Defense Counsel –  George Pitcher and David Campbell 

Verdict – Defense Verdict

Date – May 20, 2015


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