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Former linebacker hits back

| Sep 19, 2015 | Hospital Errors

Covington is in the heart of basketball country, but we know many of our readers also love college and pro football. Readers of a certain age might recall Elbert L. “Ickey” Woods, who played every game of his pro career with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Woods and his playful “Ickey Shuffle” TD dance were fan favorites back in the late 1980s and early ’90s. Woods played college ball out west at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Another former UNLV football player recently made headlines when a jury in a medical malpractice lawsuit decided in his favor.

Former linebacker Beau Orth played for the UNLV Rebels in 2008 and ’09, but began suffering back pain in his sophomore season. An MRI revealed a herniated disk. The cushion (disk) between vertebrae in the L5-S1 segment of his back was out of place and irritating nearby nerves and causing Orth pain.

In September of 2010, he underwent surgery to repair the disk. Orth and his medical malpractice attorney told jurors that the surgeon operated on the wrong disk, however. That initial surgery was on the healthy L4-L5 disk rather than the ruptured L5-S1 disk. The jury agreed, determining that the doctor must pay Orth $3.8 million for damages, as well as $486,000 for past and future medical expenses.

He has since undergone another surgery to correct mistakes made in the initial operation.

A news report states that he continues to have pain and will require at least two spinal fusion operations before age 50.

This is a pattern common in cases of medical negligence. Not only is there initial damage done, but long-term harm as well. Patients can suffer the effects for the rest of their lives.

In order to hold a negligent Kentucky physician accountable, victims contact a Covington law firm with a track record that shows they get results in negotiations with insurers and in litigation as well.

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