After five days of trial in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Roberta D. Pichini and Jason A. Daria achieved a seven-figure confidential settlement in a claim for failed carpal tunnel surgery. The injured plaintiffs were a 58-year-old administrator and her retired husband. The injured plaintiff suffered nerve damage to her hand as a result of a laceration-type injury and bruising of the median nerve during surgery, with development of scarring and a neuroma. The defendant surgeon argued through a well-known local expert that the post-operative course and pain were the result of the underlying carpal tunnel restriction and not any negligence. Pichini and Daria presented a renowned specialist in hand surgery who explained to the jury that the injury was in fact caused by trauma during surgery. He used photographs of the area taken during an attempted reparative surgery to illustrate graphically to the jury the traumatic injury. The plaintiff and her husband gave moving testimony that the injury now precluded the injured wife from attending to the needs of her disabled husband. No offer was made before or during trial until shortly before the close of the plaintiffs’ evidence.
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