A distinguished college professor has been left with crippling pain because the surgeon and the hospital operating staff who removed a malignant mass in her kidney left a laparoscopic pad inside her body. After surgery, she visited the surgeon because she was having severe abdominal pain; the surgeon dismissed it as nothing. When the patient sought a second opinion, a CT scan revealed that the surgeon had left a laparoscopic pad in her body. She had it fully removed, but suffered a great deal of pain affecting her ability to work. The plaintiff was represented by Jeffrey A. Milman, Esq. and Jason M. Caruso, Esq. of Hodes Milman, LLP , and was settled for $350,000, each defendant paying $175,000.