Neurosurgeon Kills Two Patients As A Result Of Surgical Errors Reports Litigation Funding Corporation
Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 2, 2013 - One patient lived to tell the story of her encounter with a surgeon. Although she had her life, she came out of surgery in a wheelchair.
“This case was horrific from beginning to end,” said Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. “Mary Efurd went in for what she thought was an operation that would help her deal with back pain. She came out of the operation alive, but is now permanently confined to a wheelchair. She is thousands of dollars in debt, attempting to fix the surgeon’s mistakes.”
Dr. Christopher Duntsch is a neurosurgeon in Plano, Texas and Efurd was slated to have him perform a posterior lumbar fusion, considered to be a routine procedure. The fusion was performed, but in the process, 38 mistakes were made, including the one that resulted in her partial paralysis. The doctor had severed a crucial spinal nerve with a screw.
Two other patients of the same neurosurgeon had not made it out of surgery alive, according to the Texas Medical Board (TMB). In fact, the TMB was so upset with Duntsch’s egregious track record, that they called his negligence "beyond the pale." Efurd filed a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Evidence at trial showed that despite the operating room team voicing concerns about Duntsch’s treatment of Efurd, he continued to operate. OR staff indicated the surgeon seemed disoriented and at times distracted. He even walked out of the operating theatre at one point and seemed to have lost his focus when he returned. The medical personnel in the room felt he may have been under the influence of a drug or alcohol.
“When he realized later that he had made serious mistakes, he wanted to operate on her a second time. By then his admitting privileges were revoked. Another surgeon repaired his mistakes and documented them. This document became part of the evidence presented at trial,” added Monroe.
It would be difficult for Efurd to keep current with medical bills and other financial obligations. The perfect solution for her to pay her expenses and wait for her case to be resolved would be to apply for litigation funding. “A lawsuit loan is often just what a plaintiff in this kind of situation needs. It allows them access to virtually instant cash, a lawsuit cash advance, that may be used to pay their medical bills and other important expenses,” Monroe explained.
Litigation funding is not for everyone, but does offer plaintiffs attractive benefits, such as no monthly payments, no credit checks required and the guarantee that if their case loses in court, that they may keep the funds, with no strings attached.
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West Bloomfield, MI 48322
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