GoUpstate | Medical Lawsuit

November 1, 2009

Man wins medical lawsuit over surgeon switch 
Settlement offered for punitive damages

Bruce White hauled thousands of gallons of gas a day for years. These days, carrying a gallon of milk is a challenge for the Union County man.

White worked 15-plus hours many days, manhandling hoses that, full of fuel, weighed more than 200 pounds to deliver petroleum products. He loved his job and took pride in it. December will mark the sixth year since the 51-year-old has had that joy.

"I'm embarrassed by what I am no longer capable of doing," he said Friday. "I loved my work. I wish I could drive now."

White injured his shoulder trying to dislodge stuck valves on his tanker truck in March 2003. He re-injured it that December and underwent three unsuccessful surgeries in 2004. The second and third surgeries were done by Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas in 2004.

During the third surgery, White suffered extensive damage to his axillary nerve that's left his shoulder in severe pain and incapable of returning muscle tone to his right arm...Read full article here

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