Spine Surgeon's Mistake: Jury Returns $3 Million Verdict

2020 Medical Malpractice Verdict

Defendant neurosurgeon sits on Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine. Patient's ordeal was subject of Boston Magazine article on dangerous doctors.

February 27, 2020 — Essex Superior Court


Lubin & Meyer PC is pleased to report that Attorney Adam Satin has won a verdict in excess of $3 million (with interest) in Essex County (Newburyport) after the defendant neurosurgeon, Michael Medlock, MD, erroneously placed a surgical screw into a 71-year-old patient's vertebral artery during spine surgery at North Shore Medical Center.

The misplaced screw caused bleeding and nerve compression that was not timely treated by the defendant resulting in new deficits the patient did not have before surgery, including severe neck pain, substantial loss of mobility of his arms, and ultimately led to the development of a severe infection.

The case was featured in a recent Boston Magazine article, The Secret Truth About Boston Doctors. The defendant neurosurgeon is currently a board member of the Board of Registration in Medicine and the Massachusetts Medical Society. The jury deliberated for just over 3 hours.

More information will be posted here as it becomes available.

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