March 17, 2003


Following the removal of a brain tumor, an MRI revealed a metal surgical hook had been left inside the patient’s scalp.  A second surgery removed the hook, but the Plaintiff now complained of pain and memory loss, and asked for $500,000 for pain and suffering.  The neurosurgeon, represented by Gerald Toner, argued that the hook-count responsibility lay solely with the nurses.  Furthermore, the simple repair surgery extracted the hook, and the Plaintiff sustained no injuries.  The Jefferson County jury concurred, awarding the Plaintiff no damages.

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