Bronx County (NY) Supreme Court
After laparoscopic oophorectomy for an ovarian cyst, a woman complained of foot drop. Despite physical therapy, the woman maintained her gait did not improve.
In suing, the woman claimed the oophorectomy was unnecessary because the cyst was benign; that the operation lasted too long; and that the physician positioned her leg poorly during the procedure, leading to compression of the superficial peroneal nerve and the foot drop.
The defense denied negligence and asserted the woman’s condition was a complication of surgery.
- The jury awarded the plaintiff $25,800.