Description: This case involved an injury suffered by Mr. Noble, who was a 56-years-old water department employee.
During surgery to repair a stomach problem. Dr. Delcambre operated to remove a subaceous cyst on Mr. Noble’s neck.
While removing the cyst, Dr. Delcambre severed the right spinal accessory nerve in Mr. Noble’s neck. Over the next several months, the doctor and other doctors at Kaiser failed to properly diagnose the injury. Once the diagnosis was made (almost six months later), it was too late to repair the nerve damage.
As a result, Mr. Noble suffered disabling injuries. His right side trapezius muscle had atrophied due to the lack of nerve impulses. This restricted his mobility and he cannot lift his right arm above his shoulders.