Woman Files Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Against Neurosurgeon

Woman files medical malpractice suit against neurosurgeonAn Illinois woman recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a neurosurgeon, a hospital and a nurse, claiming that she sustained nerve damage during a lumbar spinal surgery.

In 2008, Mary Dickerson underwent the surgery, meant to repair damage to the spine, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Illinois. Dr. William W. Sprich performed the procedure, and nurse Mary Ann Klein allegedly assisted, according to the St. Clair Record.

Soon after the surgery, Dickerson's malpractice complaint claims, she experienced numbness in both feet. Later medical tests allegedly revealed that Dickerson had sustained bilateral nerve damage. The lawsuit claims that Dickerson was left with permanent numbness and pain on both sides of her body following the allegedly botched procedure.

Dickerson also claims that she can no longer walk normally.

Dickerson reportedly blames Sprich, Klein and the hospital for failing to protect her nerves during the surgery. She seeks more than $200,000 in damages.

According to WebMD, nerve damage can range from mild to debilitating, and can seriously affect a person's quality of life.