Suit Over Hernia-Surgery Injuries Settles for
$1 Million in Morris County
Cayero v. Sadow: A surgeon agreed on Dec. 7 to pay his full professional liability policy of $1 million to settle a patient’s claim that a laparoscopic hernia surgery went awry, causing disabling injuries.
Steven Sadow of Succasunna lost control of the trocar, a tool he was using to perform the surgery, and cut the abdominal wall, severed the renal vein and injured the aorta of patient Jose Cayero of Dover, according to a suit filed in Morris County Superior Court.
Cayero, an engineer, then 62, almost died, was in intensive care for two months, needed rehabilitation and corrective surgeries and is no longer able to work, says his lawyer, David Mazie of Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman in Roseland. Cayero’s lost wage claim was $250,000, Mazie says.
Defense lawyer Craig Combs of Giblin & Combs in Morristown confirms the amount of the settlement. The doctor said the operation was complicated by prior ulcer surgery Cayero had undergone, Combs and Mazie say.
— By Henry Gottlieb
Reprinted with permission from the January 7, 2008 edition of the New Jersey Law Journal© 2015 ALM Media Properties. LLC All rights reserved. Further duplication without permission is prohibited.
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