On November 16, 2016, Sommers Schwartz attorney Matthew Turner filed a lawsuit claiming that the defendants, including two anesthesiologists and a general surgeon, committed medical malpractice. According to the complaint, had the defendants properly obtained a full and complete history from the plaintiff and taken a needle biopsy of the affected area, they would have known that the patient did not have thyroid cancer and could have provided her with the necessary information to decide whether she wanted to have surgery. The defendants nevertheless proceeded with the thyroidectomy procedure, during which multiple attempts at intubation were made, made necessary because the defendant anesthesiologists failed to administer an adequate dose of muscle relaxant, and which caused trauma to the airway and swelling of the vocal cords. After the patient was intubated, the surgeon failed to ensure that the neuromonitoring of the recurrent laryngeal nerve was functioning and failed to dissect out and identify the nerve. This led to an injury to the nerve resulting in total vocal cord paralysis. She is now required to have a life-long tracheostomy for airway protection. The matter is currently pending in Saginaw County, Michigan Circuit Court.