A $60 million dollar verdict was awarded to Allison Hugh against Ferdinand A. Ofodile, M.D., a Queens County, NY plastic surgeon. Hugh went to Dr. Ofodile for a thigh lift procedure, and sustained a deformity to the labia of her vagina that is permanent and cannot be surgically corrected.
It was ruled that Dr. Ofodile failed to provide Ms. Hugh with informed consent and educate her on the risks involved with this type of procedure, including the potential for vaginal opening and deformity. The end result was said to have been caused by leaving too much tension in the skin of her groin area.
The jury unanimously awarded Hugh $10 million in past pain and suffering and $50 million in future pain and suffering.