Skin Graft Attempt Unsuccessful Leading to Surgical Complications
Our client was a young boy who was to undergo a skin harvest from his scalp for grafting of skin to his feet, related to burns he had sustained. The intent by the surgeon was to harvest a split-thickness graft with an instrument called a dermatome. However, a full-thickness portion of scalp was taken, resulting in traumatic alopecia and scarring. It was necessary to harvest skin from a different area of the boy's body, and over the next several years, 3 additional procedures were done in attempts to excise the area of alopecia and scarring. A similar procedure is anticipated to be performed when the boy is older.
Shannon Carey and John Carey obtained a confidential settlement for the boy for his injuries through negotiations.