$1 Million Awarded in Medical Malpractice Case

by | Mar 7, 2014 | Firm News, Medical Malpractice |

If you go to a doctor for any reason in Ohio, you could be exposed to malpractice.
Medical malpractice isn’t always going to cause serious injuries
or death, but in this case, one 71-year-old woman was killed due to an
error with a catheter during a coronary artery bypass surgery. According
to the news from Mar. 5, the jury based in St. Clair County, Wisconsin,
awarded the victim’s family $1 million on Feb. 26. This case had
been pending for an alarming amount of time — just over 11 years.

When you take a case like this to court, it can take years before you’ll
be able to settle or go to trial. In this instance, a man had to wait
years before he could settle with the hospital and doctor who allegedly
left a 71-year-old woman dead. According to the story, the woman’s
death was taken to court by a related man who sued the doctor of the Anesthesia
department and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

He claimed that when the woman was in surgery, the doctor had used a Swan-Ganz
catheter on the woman. However, that catheter hadn’t been approved
with the man’s consent. Because of this, it shouldn’t have
been used, since all items used in surgery are normally approved by family
members or guardians before the procedure.

The man claims that the doctor did not monitor the catheterization properly
and didn’t properly perform the catheterization. He claimed that
it was due to this error that the 71-year-old woman died on Oct. 28, 2002.
Remarkably, 11 years after the case was launched against the hospital
and doctor, the hospital settled with the victim just days before the
trial was to begin on Feb. 20. It’s not clear how much money the
victim had settled for, but the jury awarded $1 million for the error.


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