X

Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE a neurosurgeon who performed a posterior lumbar interbody fusion for the first time did not commit medical malpractice, a Texas jury found on May 15. Mary Pullin, 50, who was left wheelchair-bound after the procedure, contended that Dr. Rudy P. Briner incorrectly performed the fusion using BAK cages as “stand-alone” devices, when it was well-established that additional support was necessary. She also alleged that Briner had no experience with the fusion. Briner countered that BAK cages were approved by the FDA as stand-alone devices, and that it was not generally known that stand-alone BAK cages had a higher failure rate than those provided with additional support. He further contended that while it was, indeed, the first time that he had conducted this particular fusion, he had both the skill and knowledge necessary to perform it competently. Pullin died of unrelated causes before trial; her daughter took over the trial. Pullin v. Briner, No. 51,986.85 (Brazos Co., Texas, Dist. Ct.). PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY: Brian L. Jensen, Houston DEFENSE ATTORNEY: John R. Shepperd, Bradford, Koenig, Shepperd & Kerr, Houston

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]

 
Reprints & Licensing
Mentioned in a Law.com story?

License our industry-leading legal content to extend your thought leadership and build your brand.

 

ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.