Expert Spine Surgeon

Expert Spine Surgeon

Benjamin Bjerke, MD

3320 Grand Mill Ln. Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

About the Expert

Dr. Bjerke has extensive legal experience in both Neurosurgical and Orthopedic Spine Surgery cases involving the spine. He has been in practice for over 10 years, with areas of professional expertise that include: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Scoliosis, XLIF, MIS TLIF, Neuromonitoring (Neurophysiology), and Spinal Cord Stimulators. He has given over 30 national and international presentations. He has provided legal expertise in dozens of Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Workers' Compensation, and Physician Competence cases.

Areas of Expertise

Malpractice
Medical Malpractice
Neurosurgery
Orthopedic Surgery
Personal Injury Consultants
Physician Competence
Second Opinion
Spine Surgery
Standard of Care
Workers Compensation

Expert's Videos

Dr. Bjerke discusses Osteoporosis with KTVN's Kristen Remington
Dr Bjerke discusses Spinal Stenosis
Dr. Bjerke Discusses Cervical Disc Replacement
Dr. Bjerke Discusses Neck & Arm Pain with KTVN's Kristen Remington

Expert's Profile

Dr. Bjerke has authored several publications in Spine, The Spine Journal, and many other peer-reviewed journals. He has shared his research in over 30 national and international meeting presentations.

Testimonials:
“I recently retained Dr. Benjamin Bjerke to evaluate a case involving postoperative spinal cord compression. He was accessible, responsive, and easy to work with. Dr. Bjerke performed a thorough review of the relevant materials and provided opinions based on the best available scientific evidence and generally accepted standards of care in his specialty. He demonstrated competence, accuracy, and impartiality and he was able to support the basis for his opinions. I will be consulting with Dr. Bjerke again on medical-legal matters.”
– Ruth Stein, Legal Nurse Consultant

“I was able to contact Dr. Bjerke directly, without the need to go through a third party expert witness site. It was much more convenient and avoided fees from another company. Dr. Bjerke was prompt, thorough, and professional in his testimony.”
– Medical malpractice attorney

Spine Litigation Experience (all cases from 2019)
Cervical Spine
– ACDF resulting in vocal cord paralysis
– ACDF resulting in vocal cord injury
– ACDF resulting in vertebral artery injury and death

Lumbar Spine
– Broken instrumentation during lumbar fusion
– Cerebrospinal fluid leak from dural tear following lumbar fusion, resulting in nerve damage
– Cerebrospinal fluid leak following microdiscectomy with nerve damage
– Pars repair performed using off-label instrumentation, followed by instrumentation failure

Motor Vehicle Accidents
– Cervical injury from automobile accident, treated with amniotic fluid and other regenerative treatments
– Motor vehicle accident resulting in lumbar injury, second opinion offered on need for spinal fusion

Spinal Cord Injury
– Scoliosis deformity correction in pediatric patient resulting in spinal cord injury and paralysis
– Posterior thoracic/lumbar decompression and fusion resulting in incomplete spinal cord injury
– XLIF procedure with misplaced screw resulting in incomplete spinal cord injury

Other cases
– Sacroiliac injury following work injury requiring fusion
– Spinal cord stimulator placement and failure

Personal Achievements

Education

  • Mayo Clinic Combined Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Spine Surgery Fellowship
  • Hospital for Special Surgery Orthopedic Surgery Residency
  • Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons Medical School

Licenses

  • Colorado #60224, active
  • Nevada, #16576, active
  • Utah, #10792152-1205, active
  • Washington, #60834020, active

Attorney Endorsed sm

    Knowledge in Area of Expertise (3)

  • Gary Bunch - Attorney, Law Office Of Gary Bunch
  • Jared Herling - Heaton & Associates
  • Ruth Stein - Bekman, Marder & Adkins, LLC

  • Pleasure to Work With (3)

  • Gary Bunch - Attorney, Law Office Of Gary Bunch
  • Jared Herling - Heaton & Associates
  • Ruth Stein - Bekman, Marder & Adkins, LLC

  • Responsiveness to Attorney Needs/Deadlines (3)

  • Gary Bunch - Attorney, Law Office Of Gary Bunch
  • Jared Herling - Heaton & Associates
  • Ruth Stein - Bekman, Marder & Adkins, LLC

  • Verbal Communication (3)

  • Gary Bunch - Attorney, Law Office Of Gary Bunch
  • Jared Herling - Heaton & Associates
  • Ruth Stein - Bekman, Marder & Adkins, LLC

  • Makes the Complex Understandable (2)

  • Gary Bunch - Attorney, Law Office Of Gary Bunch
  • Jared Herling - Heaton & Associates

  • Efficiency and Cost Effectiveness (1)

  • Ruth Stein - Bekman, Marder & Adkins, LLC

Listed in the Following States

Expert Spine Surgeon is listed with ExpertPages in the following jurisdictions: All US Regions and States, Canada (all Provinces).