Defense Verdict in Orthopedic Case
In a recent trial in Suffolk Supreme Court in Riverhead, New York, our firm was successful in obtaining a defense verdict for an orthopedist who was alleged to have improperly reacted to a complication that became apparent post-operatively. The case involved a repair of a torn left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in a high school athlete. The plaintiff alleged that the complication required an immediate remediation. The defense contended that the repair of the ACL worked regardless of the complication. The patient did not make any complaints to the defendant orthopedist of knee instability. The patient was successful in completing a course of post-operative physical therapy and played on his high school soccer and wrestling team during his senior year. Physical therapy records documented an injury to his left knee during the wrestling season that had not been reported to the defendant physician at the time the patient returned months later with a ruptured left ACL graft. The jury was unanimous in finding in favor of the defendant orthopedist.