A carotid endarterectomy surgical expert was asked to opine on a malpractice case involving a patient who sustained significant nervous damage during his endarterectomy. Originally requiring the endarterectomy to reduce his risk of stroke, the patient began to experience postoperative complications after his surgeon allegedly injured his hypoglossal nerve. After the procedure, there was no mention of any potential nerve damage until the patient was readmitted to the hospital for being incapable of speaking or swallowing properly. His surgeon never referred him to a neurology consult, and instead informed the patient that he ought to undergo speech therapy. The patient continued to suffer multiple complications from the injury, and claimed that he had been a victim of malpractice.