$4.3 Million Awarded to Former Teen Ballerina in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Former teen ballerina wins medical malpractice suitA medical malpractice lawsuit that had been in the courts for 13 years has been resolved, with a former teenage ballerina receiving a jury award of $4.3 million.

In 1997, Katie Shreffler went to see Marc Philippon, a doctor who practiced at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Launderdale, Florida, following an injury to her hip that she sustained while dancing ballet, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Philippon then performed a procedure which was considered experimental at the time and involved shaving off damaged hip cartilage. While attempting to perform the procedure, Philippon applied too much force and gouged Shreffler's cartilage with the shaving device, allegedly leaving Shreffler with a permanent limp and chronic pain, according to the news source. Shreffler then filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Philippon and the hospital.

The trial was first heard before a Broward County jury, who awarded Shreffler with $2.15 million in 2007. The defendants then appealed the case and lost. Recently, the Florida Supreme Court declined to hear the case, ending the 13-year-old trial. Shreffler's award has doubled over the years due to interest and additional legal fees, the news provider reports.