The 64-year-old plaintiff suffered increasing pain and stiffness in his right hip. After evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon, the plaintiff underwent a total hip replacement at a VA hospital. The plaintiff's sciatic nerve was lacerated during the operation.
As a result of the surgery, the plaintiff sometimes uses a cane to walk, has a compression dressing on his right foot up to his knee, and experiences persistent numbness and burning pain from his right knee to his toes.
The plaintiff alleged that the defendants failed to take necessary measures to protect the sciatic nerve from this type of injury.
The case settled prior to filing suit.