Patient suffers stroke after hair transplant surgery. Pre- and post-op negligence to blame.
Joint and several liability for Bosley Medical Group and Dr. Aragoni.
Bosley, Inc. defense verdict as to negligence. Nonsuit as to fraud claim for misrepresenting the invasive nature and scope of the hair transplant procedure.
Past Medical: $200,000
Future Medical: $500,000
Past Wage Loss: $120,000
Future Wage Loss: $400,000
Pain, Suffering & Emotional Distress: $900,000
Loss of consortium: $600,000
Both were capped at $250,000 due to MICRA.
On February 5, 2010, the 70-year-old plaintiff underwent an elective hair transplant procedure. His wife was present for the procedure.
Dr. Aragoni was the Bosley physician performing the operation. Plaintiff revealed his medical conditions: hypertension, diabetes, and age. Although he was hypertensive at intake, he was given a medication for his blood pressure and the procedure began.
That plaintiff's medical condition prior to surgery put him at a higher risk for stroke and that medical defendants failed to recognize the signs of a stroke.
That there was no adequate physical exam given and
only rudimentary history was taken in violation of the standard of care to do a complete physical. There was no patient monitoring of vital signs during the procedure.
That during the procedure plaintiff began convulsing, but the procedure did not stop and the condition was not diagnosed or treated. That at the time of discharge there was no adequate physical exam, although the patient showed signs of systolic hypertension. Upon leaving he could not get up out of the chair unassisted, could not walk unassisted, and could not talk. He was sent home.
Expert testimony by Dr. Gross established plaintiff had a stroke at Bosley Medical. The stroke affected the Broca's area of his brain which affects speech as well as his motor areas on the left side of the brain (left middle cerebral artery).
His condition went undiagnosed for several days, although Mrs. Salmanzadeh's call to Bosley Medical Group resulted in a statement that his failure to come out of anesthesia was a result of pain medications and "not to worry." As a result, Mrs. Salmanzadeh did not take him to the hospital for a few days although he got worse when the pain medication wore off. By then it was too late to administer a clot buster which could have reversed his injury if administered within 3-4 hours of onset of the stroke.
Defendants denied that they caused the stroke, claimed the stroke occurred several days later; claimed they met the standard of care and that Mrs. Salmanzadeh should have taken her husband to the hospital sooner; also that Mr. Salmanzadeh did not take proper care of his hypertension and diabetes.
Stroke of the left middle cerebral artery that was not reversed by clot buster drugs within 3-4 hours as required. Mr. Salmanzadeh has limited speech, is unable to walk without dragging his right leg, has limited ability to write, and has limited ability to communicate. Physical and speech therapy have had limited success. It is believed that he also has some memory impairment. He has difficulty feeding himself and with personal hygiene tasks.
Unable to return to work as a jeweler and unable to manage real estate property owned by the couple.
Wife claimed loss of consortium.