Friday, June 22, 2007

$7.7M settlement in malpractice suit

MORRISTOWN: A 23-year-old Sussex woman who is a paraplegic due to an unde tected spinal tumor won a $7.7 million settlement yesterday in a medical malpractice lawsuit, her attorney said.

Cindy Hotalen's case was about to go to trial before Superior Court Judge Thomas Harper in Morristown when the parties reached the settlement, said Jeff Korek, the Englewood attorney who worked on the case with his associate, Michael Fruhling.
The defendants were: Radiologic Associates of Northern New Jersey and Pennsylvania; Matthew T. Skalla; Neuro Specialists of Morris-Sussex; In fanta A. Stephen; the Orthopedic Center; Mark Rieger, Spine and Orthopedic Center of New Jersey and doctors David Basch, Allan L. Gardner and Eugene Hrabarchuk, according to court papers.

In 2001, Hotalen, then 17, went to a physician complaining of numbness in her right leg. Radiologists misread her MRI, Korek said. The MRI report followed her over the next two years as she sought help for her condition, Korek said.

She finally was diagnosed with the tumor in 2003, after another MRI was performed. Over the years, the condition worsened and she is now ex pected to be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life, Korek said.

"Anyone who doesn't understand why there should not be curbs on malpractice suits should look at this case," Korek said.

The tumor, had it been de tected early, had a 95 percent cure rate, he said.

Public rallies around

abused 'bait' dog DENVILLE: The township's animal control officer has received phone calls from more than 60 people offering to provide a home or foster care or contribute toward the medical bills for a dog found on the side of Route 10 last week.

Authorities believe Benson -- named for a police officer who helped retrieve him -- is a greyhound and Labrador retriever mix and was used as a bait dog to train other dogs to fight. He was covered with more than 50 old and new bites, police said.

1 comment:

Jela said...

My brother's life was ruined by Dr. Basch, he performed a surgery that was not called for, he should not be practicing on anyone. He walked away from my brother after he took his life away, and now my brother can't even walk without the help of a cane. This doctor should have his license taken away. I have watched my brother go deeper and deeper into depression and his life has changed. Stop this doctor from doing this again to someone in your family.