Sacramento Woman Files Medical Malpractice Suit Following Knee Surgery, Part 1 of 9

It is worth noting that situations similar to those described in this medical malpractice case could just as easily occur at any of the healthcare facilities in the area, such as Kaiser Permanente, UC Davis Medical Center, Mercy, Methodist, or Sutter.

(Please also note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this personal injury lawsuit and its proceedings.)

Defendants Jim Hall, M.D., and National Medical Clinic hereby submit their Trial Brief in this medical malpractice action filed by plaintiff Susan Dean.


Dr. Hall is an orthopedic surgeon practicing at National Medical Clinic in Sacramento. On February 21, 2008, plaintiff Susan Dean underwent a right total knee replacement surgery performed by Dr. Hall at National Community Hospital. On February 25, 2008, Dr. Hall discharged plaintiff Susan Dean from National Community Hospital after she had been doing well and ambulating with physical therapy. There were no postoperative complications and the outcome was satisfactory as plaintiff was noted to have recovered very well from the right total knee replacement.

On November 5, 2008, plaintiff presented to Dr. Hall at National Medical Clinic for a preoperative visit concerning a left total knee replacement. Dr. Hall noted that the left knee possessed a valgus deformity and pain upon flexion. According to Dr. Hall, plaintiff was a candidate for the surgery due to arthritis in all three components of the knee and three years of left 13 knee pain. He discussed the risks, benefits and alternatives with plaintiff. On November 14, 2008, plaintiff underwent a left total knee replacement surgery by Dr. Hall again at National Community Hospital. A constant pressure motion (CPM) unit was put in place to apply passive pressure to promote movement of the knee. Additionally, plaintiff was to wear an immobilizer when walking to protect the repair of the quadriceps incision from injury.

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On November 17, 2008, the plaintiff was discharged from National Community Hospital and was ambulating well without any significant problems noted. On that same day, plaintiff was transferred and admitted to Community Care and Rehabilitation Center ( CCRC ). On November 20, 2008, Dr. Black (no longer a defendant in this matter) briefly evaluated plaintiff and ordered that she continue to mobilize with her left leg until re-evaluated. Plaintiff was discharged from CCRC on November 26, 2008. (See Part 2 of 9.)

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