A prominent Long Island neurosurgeon, Dr. Paolo Bolognese, is facing three separate medical malpractice lawsuits alleging botched spinal surgeries. According to a report in NY Daily News, all three plaintiffs allege that Bolognese either performed unnecessary operations or botched their treatment so badly that their health is now worse than before they first sought medical help.
Fifty-five year-old Lori White, once an avid equestrian, is one of the plaintiffs. Bolognese performed her spinal surgery nearly two years ago, and she is still living in chronic pain. White, like the other claimants, sought treatment for Chiari malformation – a rare congenital defect in which brain tissue grows into the spine. She sought treatment at the North Shore University Hospital’s Chiari Institute, which was co-founded by Bolognese. White’s lawsuit contends gross surgical negligence that has left her with practically zero mobility in her neck and head due to misplaced hardware.
“I can barely function since my surgery and I don’t know that I will ever fully recover,” White told NY Daily News, adding, “Dr. Bolognese promised to make me better. He promised so many things, and nothing came to fruition. I now have no quality of life.”
Surgery leaves woman bedridden
The two other claimants who are suing Bolognese are 29-year-old Crystal Hensley Hall, and Jennifer Lake, a young student from New Mexico. Both had spinal operations based on advice from Bolognese, and both were left with catastrophic injuries, says their attorney.
According to their legal counsel, the surgeries have negatively impacted the lives of both. Lake has trouble swallowing and experiences tachycardia, impaired bladder function and leg pain, and Hall is practically bedridden most of the time.
Bolognese sued at least 20 times
Dr. Bolognese has not responded to recent allegations raised by the three women, and while he is considered one of the world’s top experts on Chiari malformations, he is no stranger to malpractice litigation. The Daily News reports that he has been sued at least 20 times for alleged misconduct, and was even was suspended in 2010 by the hospital for purportedly showing up late for a surgery while the patient was anesthetized.
Bolognese was investigated for his medical conduct in 2010, but New York’s Office of Professional Medical Conduct did not hand down any sanctions or disciplinary actions.
Surgical errors & legal recourse
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When a routine surgery or procedure harms more than it helps, it pays to enlist the services of an experienced attorney who can investigate the facts, review medical records and determine if standards of care were upheld.
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