Philadelphia Elementary School Principal Survives After A Medical Device Breaks During His Brain Surgery

Hospital patients sign consent forms for surgeries, but they do not sign up for unspecified surgical errors. Yet, surgical errors are killing patients regularly throughout the US. As a patient, you trust your doctor to know what they are doing. It can be a nightmare to wake up from surgery to find out your trusted doctors neglected your health. At The Weitz Firm, LLC our knowledgeable Philadelphia surgical error attorneys will ensure you get our full attention, so you secure the compensation you deserve.

What Went Wrong During Surgery?

A 71-year-old elementary school principal and former marathon runner, Michael Brassloff, underwent brain surgery to remove a benign tumor that resulted in brain damage. During the procedure, when the cooled laser probe was inserted into his skull, the tip of the medical instrument broke off inside his brain. The tip of the laser probe jammed into Michael’s brain, leaving him with severe and permanent brain damage.

The trauma continued after he woke up from his three-week coma, where he experienced mental impairment such as memory loss, seizures, difficulty speaking, and difficulty managing his emotions.

Michael Brassloff filed a lawsuit against the neurosurgeon Kevin Judy, the neurosurgeon’s employer, the hospital, and the medical device manufacturer.

Allegedly, Judy was too incompetent to use the laser probe give that it was his first time using that laser probe to treat those kinds of tumors. Meanwhile, the case against Judy, the Jefferson University Physicians, and Thomas Jefferson University was ruled as a mistrial.

The medical device manufacturer settled with Brassloff for $12.75 million.

Proving Surgical Error Claim In Philadelphia

According to a Rodziewics, Houseman, and Hipskind article on Medical Error Reduction and Prevention, healthcare agencies reported 4,000 surgical errors to happen each year in the United States.

Proving there was medical negligence that took place during surgery is crucial, yet challenging. A surgical error could be considered medical malpractice when unexpected or unusual symptoms arise after surgery. Many of the consent form a patient will sign before surgery acknowledges potential risks. Still, if the complications you are dealing with go beyond those listed, then you may be eligible for compensation.

Evidence is necessary for proving you have suffered from surgical negligence. A Philadelphia surgical error lawyer has connections to experienced medical professionals who can prove that the same mistake would not have occurred under similar circumstances. The medical professionals will testify in court proving proof of fault.

Our attorneys will also request your medical records from the hospital for evidence.

Our Mission Is To Secure The Compensation You Deserve

We do not want a surgical error to stop you from living the life you deserve. At The Weitz Firm, LLC, our Philadelphia surgical error attorneys can recover the compensation you deserve. The compensation can cover the following expenses:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Loss of income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Emotional distress

If you or a loved one has suffered from a surgical error resulting from a negligent doctor, reach out to us as soon as possible by clicking here or calling us at 267-587-6240.



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