We amended the complaint in a medical negligence case yesterday. Our clients are Terry and Eddie Paulino. They are wonderful people and great clients. Following filing the complaint, Scott F. Davis with the Northwest Arkansas Times wrote and article about the amended complaint titled Northwest Medical Center Added to Malpractice Suit. I encourage you to click on the title of the article and go to www.nwanews.com and read the article in full. If you have questions about this case, please feel free to contact our offices.
A few portions of the article are below:
"A Bentonville couple amended its malpractice lawsuit Thursday against Dr. Cyril "Tony" Anthony Raben and his clinic, Northwest Arkansas Spine and Orthopedic Associates, adding three new parties as defendants."
"The Paulinos added Northwest Medical Center to the lawsuit claiming "negligent credentialing" after learning that an audit by the Arkansas State Medical Board showed a very high complication rate for Raben’s prior surgeries."
"In a letter dated May 9, 2007, Dr. John L. Wilson informed Peggy Pryor Cryer, executive secretary of the Arkansas State Medical Board, that a review of 15 spinal surgeries performed by Raben showed that patients suffered complications in 11 of 15 cases, or 73 percent. He notes in the letter that the average range for problems with spinal surgeries in between 20 and 22 percent."
"Doctor Raben recommends surgery with indications that are scant at best. He warns his patients that bad things may happen when he does surgery. Sure enough, with his complication rate in the 15 cases I have reviewed, he is not being untruthful," Wilson stated.
"The Paulinos added Melanie Richard, R.N., and American Intraoperative Monitoring LLC. as defendants after learning through Raben’s deposition that the monitoring team at the hospital knew that Paulino lost feeling in her legs, but did not inform Raben during or after the surgery, said Sach Oliver, a Bentonville attorney representing the family."