Foot Drop After Hip Surgery Case

Sallee v. Toal et al., Multnomah County Case No. 14CV06535

Plaintiff Sallee suffered from severe and chronic hip pain.  He saw Defendant Toal who is a surgeon working for Defendant Kaiser.  Toal performed a total hip replacement surgery on Sallee.  After the surgery Sallee experienced “foot drop” symptoms including pain, numbness and a decreased ability to use his foot and toes. Another Kaiser doctor determined that Sallee suffered a sciatic nerve injury likely caused by blunt injury during surgery.  Sallee alleged that Defendants did not even make a referral to a neurologist for eight months.  He alleged that Defendants were negligent for injuring his sciatic nerve and failing to take remedial measures after the surgery.  He sought $29,665.00 in economic damages and $1,500,000.00 in non-economic damages.

Defendants acknowledged that the injury likely occurred during the surgery but argued that they complied with the standard of care in all respects and that any further treatment would not have prevented Sallee’s foot drop.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Mark Kramer

Defense Counsel – Troy Bundy

Verdict – Defense Verdict

Date – September 18, 2015

September 25, 2015

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