This case involves a young man who suffered an injury to his lower back in the course of his employment as a roofer. The man was advised to undergo lumbar decompression surgery as treatment, for which he would receive general anesthesia. When the patient was put under anesthesia, doctors placed an endotracheal tube to maintain the patient’s airway during the procedure. However, when the patient began his recovery from the surgery, he discovered that injuries to his vocal chords caused during his intubation prevented him from speaking. Despite undergoing extensive treatment, the patient continued to have severe difficulty speaking. It was alleged that the patient was injured by the negligent insertion of his endotracheal tube by the anesthesiologist.