Tampa Bay Times Jodie Tillman | Times Staff Writer Published October 22, 2014   TAMPA — For people with back pain, Laser Spine Institute makes a tantalizing offer: high-tech surgeries that relieve suffering and let patients walk out the door in hours. But a recent lawsuit alleges an Ohio man couldn’t even stand after his […]

Tampa Tribune 2/5/2010 A three-member arbitration panel has awarded a former patient of a Hudson back surgery clinic $11.8 million and left the door open for more in punitive damages.The panel found that Alfred O. Bonati and his Gulf Coast Orthopedic Center were responsible for permanent injuries that left William Clark, 71, in a wheelchair. […]

St. Petersburg Times 2/5/2010 Lisa Buie HUDSON — A Pasco County spinal surgeon whose patented techniques have resulted in numerous malpractice lawsuits over the years has been ordered to pay nearly $12 million to a couple who claimed a series of unnecessary operations left the husband unable to walk. Dr. Alfred O. Bonati, who owns […]

St. Petersburg Times 9/28/2008 Jamie Dolan arrives at a Starbucks clutching his wife’s arm and the first thing you notice is he seems fragile, weighted, broken.His left eye is covered with a patch; his fingernails are long. Four years ago, a gunman walked into the Gateway Mall RadioShack where Dolan worked and started shooting. Three […]

St. Petersburg Times 7/26/2007 Sarah Mishkin TAMPA – After handing over the $1-million donation Wednesday, the trial lawyers adjourned to the break room for sandwiches. Allan Navarro and his family stayed in the front of the office, talking about coping with paralysis with the man who just became the beneficiary of Navarro and his attorneys’ […]

JUSTIN GEORGE and COLLEEN JENKINS 5/26/2007 TAMPA – Sally Lucia, a mother of three who lost her fingers and feet after complications of tummy tuck surgery, deserves $30-million, a jury in a malpractice suit said Friday.But it will be up to Hillsborough Circuit Judge Gregory P. Holder to sort out how much of that is […]

St. Petersburg Times 5/17/2007 Nyle Wiren’s wife, Caroline, 34, coached the USF dance team.Caroline Wiren, the Storm’s former cheerleading coach and wife of popular linebacker Nyle Wiren, died Wednesday of complications from the birth of the couple’s first child. “It’s such a shocking thing,” coach Tim Marcum said after visiting the player he has coached […]

St. Peterburgs Times 10/4/2006 A misdiagnosis by emergency room doctors left Allan Navarro forever disabled.”Put it to ’em,” Navarro’s attorney told jurors Tuesday. The jury’s answer: a $100.1-million verdict. The punitive damages award followed last week’s record-breaking verdict of nearly $117-million to Navarro for economic and pain and suffering damages. Before hearing the verdict Tuesday […]