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Failure to insert tube results in fatal brain injury

A jury recently returned a $1.9 million verdict to the family of a deceased man that died three days after surgery. The patient had undergone an endoscopy procedure to repair a tear to the stomach, but he subsequently died of brain injuries.

The attorney for the family presented evidence showing that a breathing tube was not properly inserted after the patient had been put under anesthesia. The insertion of the breathing tube reportedly would have prevented what is known as sustained anoxic brain injury.

Both the medical center and the surgeon were named as defendants in the lawsuit. Apparently, hospital staff had discussed the need of placement of the breathing tube, but had decided against it.

Though medical mistakes likely occurred, the hospital's efforts to cover up what occurred appear to place the hospital's position in an extremely poor light. While the man was kept artificially alive, the family was not informed of the condition of this patient until a neurologist told them the patient had no remaining brain activity. The family was told up until that point that they just needed to speak louder while the man lie in a coma.

Fortunately, these types of medical errors are rare. However, when errors do occur, medical malpractice can result in debilitating and lifelong injury or death. It is almost impossible to understate the emotional and financial damage a family could suffer as the result of such a mistake.

Medical malpractice attorneys understand the hardship that families go through as a result of medical errors, and they will do what they can to hold negligent medical providers accountable.

Source: News-Journal, "Longview Regional, surgeon part of $1.9 million civil lawsuit verdict," by Glenn Evans, Nov. 9, 2012

  • For information regarding brain injury and trauma resulting from surgical errors, please visit our Pittsburgh law firm's medical malpractice website.

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