Torts Keyed to Dobbs
Harnish v. Children’s Hospital Medical Center
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Plaintiff underwent surgery to remove a tumor in her neck. In the course of the procedure her hypoglossal nerve was severed, allegedly resulting in the critical loss of certain functions of her tongue. She brought suit, contending that the purpose of the procedure was cosmetic, and the resulting injury foreseeable. She maintained that if she had been apprised of the risk, she would not have consented to the procedure. Thus, she asserted, the physicians treating her did not properly inform her of the possible consequences and should have been held liable.
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