Man Awarded $4 Million in Medical Malpractice ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Monday, May 18, 2009

Man Awarded $4 Million in Medical Malpractice

Robert T. Baird Jr. had been working as a truck driver since 1981 until he began experiencing extreme pain in his right arm in 1999. He went to see Dr. Kenneth J. Morrissey, who operated to improve his movement and in the process removed a benign tumor. Within weeks, Baird’s right hand began hurting, changing color and temperature and sweating. Dr. Manuel DaSilva diagnosed him as having Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome, a chronic neurological disorder that causes severe pain. Dr. DaSilva, operated and discovered that another nerve had been sliced. Baird’s hand since has seized into a claw and he remains in continuous pain.

Baird filed medical malpractice suit against Dr. Morrissey in 2002. A six-member jury agreed with Baird May 7, following a three-week trial before Judge Alice B. Gibney in Providence County Superior Court. The jury awarded Baird $1.5 million for physical pain, $1.5 million for mental suffering, $500,000 for disfigurement and $500,000 for lost wages, according to David Morowitz, Baird’s lawyer.

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