March 24, 2011 9:41 PM Subscribe
Does childhood trans-orbital ice-pick lobotomy patient Howard Dully have a case for compensation based on malpractice in California?
posted by lottie to Law & Government (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I recently read the book My Lobotomy by Howard Dully and Charles Fleming, and after reading it, feeling quite affected by his story, got in touch with Howard to congratulate him on the book. Given that there was really nothing wrong with him when he was given his lobotomy, I asked him if he ever considered suing for compensation and he said that he hadn't and didn't know if he would be able to, legally. Could he? Should he? Is time since the operation a factor?
Are there any legal minds out there who can offer an opinion on this? If you're not a lawyer, but know something useful, by all means please share. I'm inclined to think that given the attention his story received on NPR, if he had a case, someone would have already leapt forward already to take it.
To me it seems a shame that he should struggle so hard in life as a result of this cruel action.