Inside Ben Carson’s Shocking History of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Posted on November 09, 2015 by Shapiro Law Group

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has enjoyed a lucrative and successful career as a neurosurgeon. However, press reports suggest his record as a surgeon has a disturbing past. As it turns out, Carson has faced multiple medical malpractice lawsuits:

  • One of Carson’s disastrous operations involved a 9-year-old girl who was undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor. Instead of only removing part of the tumor, as he was authorized to do by the girl’s parents, Carson allegedly removed the entire mass, which had been deemed too risky. After the surgery, the girl was left permanently paralyzed on her right side. The parents sued Carson and Johns Hopkins Hospital for medical malpractice in 2010.
  • Carson allegedly caused a man irreversible brain damage during a procedure to remove a malignant tumor. The man now suffers from deafness, slurred speech and dizziness. According to the man’s attorney, he appears drunk to strangers and cannot carry on a normal life.
  • Carson has been sued twice for leaving equipment and objects inside of patients. During the surgery of a young girl, Carson allegedly implanted a shunt upside down. In another case, Carson allegedly left a sponge in the brain of a 69-year-old woman, which caused her constant nerve pain.

Surgical Mistakes Affect Patients for Life

This blog does not mean Carson would be a good or bad presidential candidate, but it does serve as an example of how surgical mistakes can affect patients. In each allegation, patients had their lives severely interrupted or destroyed. The worst cases left patients with permanent disabilities and destroyed their quality of life.

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