A study published online in the journal Spine analyzes medical liability claims associated with incidental durotomy. The researchers conducted a retrospective cohort study of 48 dural tear-related medical liability cases. 

They found that 56.3 percent resulted in a ruling in favor of the defendant physician. Among cases involving a payment, the average payment was $2,757,298 in 2016-adjusted dollars. The researchers note that 86.7 percent of cases alleged neurological deficits, and that 83.3 percent of cases without neurological sequelae produced an outcome in favor of the defendant. Overall, additional surgery was required in 56.3 percent of cases, a delay in diagnosis or treatment of durotomy was present in 43.8 percent, and alleged improper durotomy repair was present in 22.9 percent. A favorable outcome for the plaintiff occurred in 61.9 percent of cases with alleged delay in diagnosis or treatment, compared to 29.6 percent of cases lacking such a delay. Learn more...

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