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Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Filed In Death of 16-Year Old

Published August 31, 2009 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, the estate of a 16-year-old girl has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a neurosurgeon who allegedly tried to cover up mistakes he made while performing brain surgery on the girl by interfering with her autopsy.

In 2006, the girl underwent surgery to prevent veins in her brain from knotting – a condition resulting from a birth defect, the newspaper reports. She died nine days later. The girl had previously undergone this procedure several times with no problems.

After her death, her father requested a complete autopsy. It was performed the following day, but it did not include the head or the brain. The neurosurgeon told the family the autopsy did not reveal the reason for the girl’s death and denied knowing that the head and brain were excluded from the autopsy, the newspaper said.

During deposition testimony for a separate lawsuit, a nurse testified the neurosurgeon agreed to a complete autopsy, but after the father left the room, he ordered the autopsy should omit an examination of the brain, the article states.

The lawsuit filed against Dr. Andrew Ringer and the Mayfield Clinic & Spine Institute alleges a complete autopsy would have shown the doctor’s mistakes and that these mistakes contributed to her death. The lawsuit claims the doctor ordered the change “in an attempt to avoid his medical negligence liability and to avoid the possibility of a legal action against him.”

Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, has vast experience in wrongful death lawsuits. If you feel that you or a loved one has suffered due to wrongful death, call our firm at 800-825-5529 or visit our Web site. There is no case-review cost.

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