Phila. Jury Sides With Defense in Broken Needle Case

, The Legal Intelligencer


A Philadelphia jury issued a defense verdict to a doctor sued after a needle he was using for a bone biopsy broke off in the plaintiff's back, requiring an additional surgery to remove it.

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  • PatriciaJefferson

    While trying to avoid people who may embellish their pain in order to create a valid lawsuit, the treatment of some conditions could have a domino effect in a patient and leave them with inadvertent damage. One might compare our workmanship as humans with that of an automobile. It has a body, wheels, a motor, all types of lines connecting one car part to another carrying some type of life-giving fluids. A mechanic may reach for the clean out a part and forget one little gasket and the friction that the absence of that one little 1/8th of an inch piece of cardboard-like partician between two steele parts, could be irritating at best, and abrasive at worst. Then you have to replace the gasket and hope you don‘t have to replace the two more expensive parts. It is like a gnat taking down an elephant; a David taking down Goliath; a boll weevil (beetle) taking down. . . a formidable cotton ball? I remember the story about this young woman who complained so much about her pain(s) that I suppose those near her turned a deaf ear. She died, but she left a poignant and unforgettable message to the doctor, her relatives, the community - I suppose - that states such, paraphrased: "I told yawl I was sick." Wishing you all great health.

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