Surgeon May Have Caused Permanent Partial Paralysis

February 28, 2011 | News

Keene, NH (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2011 – “I have been involved with medical malpractice cases for over 30 years in my practice as a New Hampshire injury lawyer and I am constantly coming across cases that just make me shake my head. Just one slip of the surgeon’s knife may cause untold complications,” said Charlie Donahue, a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer located in Keene. Donahue handles injury cases in New Hampshire and across the United States.

This particular case resulted in a surgeon being sued for negligence and gross negligence after a spinal operation left a patient permanently paralyzed and unable to control some of his muscles. The plaintiff had fallen in 2007 and hurt his neck. Seeking medical help, he went to a local orthopedic surgeon. The doctor determined the man would need surgery on his back.

The procedure was performed to remove a disk from the plaintiff’s spine, which was to be replaced with fixed metal hardware. “While this might sound like a win-win situation on the surface,” Donahue said, “it certainly did not turn out to be the case, because the doctor tore the dura around the patient’s spinal cord during the operation.” The end result for the plaintiff is limited muscle control and permanent, partial paralysis.

“Cases like this in New Hampshire usually seek compensation for pain and suffering, present and future lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life and enough money to assist them with their care for the rest of their life, among other things. These are not easy cases for the plaintiff. Often, the trial is time consuming and draining, both physically and emotionally and yet, when justice is achieved, some of the burden a plaintiff carries is lifted,” Donahue said.

“For anyone who suspects they may be the victim of medical malpractice or negligence, make your first call to my office. My track record speaks for itself and I will speak for you to get you the justice you deserve,” Donahue said.

To learn more about New Hampshire personal injury attorney, Charlie Donahue, visit

Donahue Law Firm
143 West St.
Keene, NH 03431
Call: (603) 357-2363
Toll Free: (800) 498-4554


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