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Unnecessary Surgery Results in Medical Malpractice Award of $8.5 Million

March 16, 2018

Unnecessary thyroid surgery resulted in a New Jersey jury award of $8.5 million.

The plaintiff was a teenager when she saw a primary care physician in 2013, for a cystic mass found on her left thyroid lobe. The doctor recommended fine needle aspiration, a noninvasive procedure. The surgeon, however, performed surgery assuming the mass was cancerous.

The surgeon’s plan was to remove only the left lobe and send it to pathology for biopsy. If the lobe were positive for cancer, the doctor would also remove the right lobe. However, during the operation, the entire thyroid was removed because the right lobe was allegedly covered with blue dome cysts. Testing showed no cysts and neither lobe were cancerous.

The plaintiff allegedly suffered vocal cord paralysis for two months, post-traumatic stress disorder for a year and permanent anxiety disorder. She is now permanently on hormone replacement medication. The lawsuit alleges the teen would not have needed the thyroid operation if the surgeon had done needle aspiration tests.

The plaintiff was harmed due to medical negligence in 2013, yet did not reach a settlement until January 2018. During this time, she may have struggled financially to cope with the medical bills and other financial obligations. One solution that may have been available to her is pre-settlement funding, also referred to as a “lawsuit loan.”

A “lawsuit loan” is a non-recourse cash advance available to plaintiffs who have attorney representation and a case with merit. The plaintiff does not need to be employed and no credit check is required. Once the case has been assessed and approved, funds are wired directly to the plaintiff’s bank account or sent via overnight mail. The whole process can be completed within 24 to 48 hours.

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