Clay Edwards successfully defended a general surgeon in Jefferson Circuit Court in Louisville, Kentucky against allegations of medical malpractice. The plaintiff underwent a ganglion cyst removal procedure. The patient did not complain of any issues at his post-operative visit approximately two weeks after the procedure. The patient was subsequently diagnosed with a rupture of his extensor tendons of his index finger. The plaintiff claimed that the extensor tendons were entirely cut through during the ganglion cyst removal procedure. Plaintiff sought more than $1 million in damages, including past medical expenses and pain and suffering.
Mr. Edwards defended the physician by establishing that the surgeon acted within the standard of care when operating on the plaintiff and that the plaintiff suffered a recognized complication of the surgery. The defendant’s care was supported by well-qualified expert testimony and, after a four-day trial, the jury returned a defense verdict in favor of the surgeon.