The attorneys at Morgan & Morgan are representing more than 140 patients who underwent an experimental spinal surgery at the hands of Dr. William Lu between 2007 and 2013. According to the hospital’s letter, Dr. Lu’s goal was to develop an innovative surgery that was less invasive and required less recovery time when compared to traditional cervical or lumbar fusion. Many patients we are representing, however, have reported continued or worsened back pain following the procedure. In addition, it appears many people who underwent these procedures will need further surgeries. Furthermore, an important issue is whether patients were fully informed of the experimental nature of the surgery.
If Dr. Lu performed an experimental spinal surgery on you or a loved one between 2007 and 2013, our lawyers would like to hear from you. You may be entitled to compensation.
Is This a Class Action Lawsuit?
No. Our lawyers are handling these cases on an individual basis. This means you will receive individual attention.
How Much Does a Lawyer Cost?
At Morgan & Morgan, our attorneys handle lawsuits on a contingency-fee basis. This means we will only receive a fee if you are able to favorably resolve your case. This fee is usually a percentage of the final settlement or judgment.
How Dr. Lu’s Experimental Surgery Differs from Traditional Spinal Fusion Surgery
Traditionally, spinal fusion surgery is performed on patients with weak or unstable spines, fractures, spinal deformities or scoliosis. This surgery fuses together two vertebral segments in the cervical (upper) or lumbar (lower) spine by using a bone graft, which allows the two vertebrae to become one long bone to relieve joint pain or help heal fractures.
There are several different types of spinal fusion surgery. In many cases, patients will have the option of undergoing minimally invasive surgeries; however, some high-risk conditions, including serious cases of scoliosis, tumors and infections, may require “open surgery,” where the area being treated is accessed through a long incision on the back.
Dr. Lu did not use these accepted methods of treatment. Rather, he devised a system of anchors and cables to span spinal vertebra.