A Fulton County Georgia jury recently awarded a 19 year old Piedmont College freshman $11.7 million dollars as a result of a spinal surgery which left him paralyzed from the waist down. The surgery which was conducted in 2003 was intended to relieve chronic back pain. The young man’s attorney argued that his paralysis was a result of a medical mistake by his surgeon and a team of doctor’s at North Fulton Medical Center. The surgeon who conducted the surgery and the team of doctors settled before a trial.
One of the neurologists involved in the surgery continued to deny responsibility and insisted on proceeding to trial. The jury, however, agreed with the student and returned a verdict of $11.7 million dollars.