An Illinois doctor was held liable for medical malpractice when she waited too long before calling for emergency back-up during a code-4 situation. The victim was involved in a motorcycle accident and had a tracheotomy tube. The tube became obstructed and he lost oxygen. An assistant discovered that he was not moving and alerted the defendant physician. According to the plaintiff’s attorney, the doctor delayed calling the code team who successfully removed the blockage. The delay in treatment deprived the patient of oxygen and caused serious setbacks in his recovery. Since the incident, the patient has had six corrective surgeries.A jury awarded the victim $2.1 million.
Read more about the Illinois medical malpractice case here.