Actress Julie Andrews is a well-known and well-loved star in Hollywood. Made famous from leading roles in movies such as “Mary Poppins” and “The Sound of Music,” Julie Andrews had a gifted singing voice which was her pride and joy. Sadly, an unfortunate case of medical malpractice in 1997 caused her to lose her singing voice and resulted in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
After consulting with two doctors at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital due to discomfort whilst singing, Julie Andrews found out that she had noncancerous nodules on her vocal cords. Whilst these nodules can generally be treated without surgery, Julie Andrews opted to have a throat operation in 1997 to resolve the issue. Unfortunately, the operation was botched, and she was left with hoarseness and permanent vocal cord damage. She could no longer sing on a professional level - something which had been the foundation upon which her livelihood and fame were built.
It is for this reason that Julie Andrews filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the two doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital who treated her. The lawsuit alleged that the doctors never informed her that the operation carried a risk of irreversible loss of vocal quality, hoarseness, and other complications - all of which might have left her unable to sing. Additionally, the doctor who operated on Julie Andrews operated on both sides of her vocal cords, though there was no reason to perform a surgery of that kind or even surgery to begin with. A settlement was reached between the two parties, and the exact terms of the settlement remain confidential.
Medical malpractice isn’t something that only occurs when a doctor makes a mistake when diagnosing or treating you. It is also something that can occur when a healthcare professional provides you with sub-standard information and doesn’t ensure that you are informed of all the possible risks associated with a procedure or surgery that you are going to undergo - something which clearly happened in the case of Julie Andrews.
If you wish to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, then there are certain procedural steps that you will need to follow to ensure that you stand a high chance for the best possible outcome. Because of the complexity of these steps, it is recommended that you consult with a medical malpractice lawyer to guide you through the process. If you live in NYC, then you will need to consult with a qualified NYC medical malpractice attorney who is familiar with the laws and statute of limitations specific to the state.
The procedural steps that you will need to follow include:
- Showing that a doctor-patient relationship existed between you and your doctor
- Showing that your doctor was negligent when treating you and that they did not conform to the expected standard of care of their profession
- Showing that their negligence caused you injury or harm
- Showing that this injury or harm led to specific, considerable damages that caused you pain and suffering
If you believe that you or a family member may have been a victim of medical malpractice, please contact the medical malpractice lawyers of Rosenburg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff LLP in NYC today.
You can speak to one of our medical malpractice attorneys for a free, confidential consultation by calling 1-866-516-5887.