MAN WINS MEDICAL MALPRACTICE SUIT AGAINST PHYSICIAN

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Sep 20, 2013, 11:16:02 AM9/20/13
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A 29-year-old Philadelphia area man was awarded $4 million in a medical malpractice suit that he filed against his physician, Dr. Harris Cohen, for what he says are permanent injuries suffered during a 2009 procedure.

After Jeffrey Hierholzer visited Cohen to have a cyst on his neck removed, he began to experience a weakening of his left arm and shoulder, according to PhillyBurbs.com. He reportedly had problems picking things up with that arm or moving it more than 90 degrees. A visit to an orthopedic surgeon and neurosurgeon showed that a major motor nerve from the cervical spinal cord was severed during the cyst procedure and couldn't be repaired.

The jury's decision after four days of deliberation is significant, according to Phillyburbs.com, because in 2012, all 19 medical malpractice lawsuits filed in Montgomery County sided with the defense. In 2011, eight of 10 malpractice lawsuits sided with the defense, and the plaintiffs who were successful were awarded just $495,000 and $1.83 million, the newspaper reported, citing county data.

http://malpractice.burgsimpson.com/man-wins-medical-malpractice-suit-against-physician.html

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