Supreme Court, Orange County

The defendant orthopedic surgeon was alleged to have improperly reduced open, segmental fractures of the distal tibia and fibula, and to have failed to properly treat a refracture and angulation of the fracture fragments as a result of which the plaintiff, a 35-year-old truck driver, spent nine months in an Ilizarov external fixator. The defense was that the plaintiff’s initial reduction was acceptable, as was the treatment of the complication. Demand: $700,000. Amount asked of jury $950,000.

Result : Defense verdict.
Defense Attorney : For the orthopedic surgeon: Sarah E. Sholes.
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