$5 million settlement for paralysis and death
After four days of jury selection, Crowe & Mulvey negotiated a settlement of $5 million for the family of a 76-year-old physician who was paralyzed after complicated two-stage spinal surgery. Multiple defendants, including the orthopedic surgeon, the anesthesia team, and the neuromonitoring company, all contributed to the settlement. The claim alleged that the patient’s blood pressure had dropped to dangerous levels for prolonged periods during the surgery, and that the surgeon and anesthesia teams had failed to correct the blood pressure. The claim further alleged that the neuromonitoring company used improper monitoring modalities, and therefore failed to recognize the impending paralysis. The patient died approximately two years later of renal failure. He left his wife of 40 years and two adult sons.