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Patient’s pelvis, acetabulum fractured during surgery — $1.65M settlement

Type of action: Medical malpractice

Injuries alleged: Acetabulum and pelvis fractures

Name of judge or mediator: Judge Michael Allen (Ret.)

Date resolved: 8/22/2022

Demand: $2,250,000

Verdict or settlement: Settlement

Amount: $1,650,000

Attorneys for plaintiff (and city): Irving M. Blank and Keith B. Marcus, Richmond

Description of case: A 77-year-old went in for right hip replacement. During the procedure, the surgeon fractured the patient’s acetabulum and pelvis. Intra-operative images taken during the course of the surgery determined that the misplaced cup was well into the acetabulum. Notwithstanding, the surgeon finished the procedure and the patient was sent to post-op. When the patient could not place any weight on the hip, CT scans showed the severe pelvic and acetabulum fractures. The patient had more than $550,000 in medical bills.

The patient had six major surgeries, two minor surgeries and injections in an attempt to salvage the hip. Eventually, a Girdlestone procedure was performed which left the patient with a permanent, severe limp and pain while ambulating. She is required to use a wheelchair for most ambulation.

The cases settled three months prior to a scheduled five-day trial in Fairfax County.

Plaintiff’s counsel provided case information.