Jury awards $9.2M in botched spine surgery case


A jury has awarded over $9.2 million to Larry Jones in a botched spinal surgery case against Arlington, Texas, based Bianco Brain and Spine and surgeon Nikhil Patel, MD. 

Mr. Jones went in for a procedure to ease his lower back pain that rendered him paralyzed. The jury found Dr. Patel, who still works for Bianco, negligent in the case. 

"Dr. Patel was warned several times by a monitoring physician during the surgery that Mr. Jones was showing signs of neurological distress," Mr. Jones' attorney Seth McCloskey said in an Oct. 31 press release. 

"At all times relevant to these claims, Patel owed a duty to Larry Jones to exercise reasonable care in providing medical treatment to him. He breached this duty in performing, monitoring, and responding to various aspects of Larry Jones' spinal surgery, including, but not limited to, failing or refusing to perform a wake-up test, as well as causing neurologic harm to Larry Jones during the surgery," read court documents sent to Becker's. "But for such negligence of Dr. Patel, Larry Jones would not have been injured, nor would he have suffered serious and permanent harm. Such negligence was a proximate cause of the injuries and damages to Larry Jones and Shelley Jones." 

Becker's has reached out to Bianco Brain and Spine for comment. 

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