Man sues neurosurgeon over claims of misdiagnosis, unnecessary surgery

By The Cook County Record | Mar 25, 2016

CHICAGO — A former patient is suing a neurosurgeon, claiming misdiagnosis and an unnecessary surgical procedure.


CHICAGO — A former patient is suing a neurosurgeon, claiming misdiagnosis and an unnecessary surgical procedure.

Thomas Hoekstra is suing Caleb R. Lipman, MD, citing alleged medical malpractice.

The plaintiff filed a complaint on Jan. 8 in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging that the neurosurgeon misdiagnosed him as having normal pressure hydrocephalus and allegedly performed an unnecessary surgical procedure for the placement of a ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt.

The plaintiff alleges that he sustained personal injuries which are permanent and pecuniary in nature and he holds the defendant responsible.

The plaintiff seeks the following: compensation for an amount exceeding $50,000 plus costs. He is represented by Timothy P. Rhatigan of Rhatigan Law Offices, LLC in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case number 216-L-000197

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