The family of a man who died after complications following knee replacement surgery was awarded more than $8 million. After a 10-day trial the jury deliberated for just over two hours before coming back with a verdict. In the case the man, a husband and father, died after what was supposed to be routine knee surgery. He suffered a heart attack following surgery that reportedly went improperly treated. The lawsuit stated that the medical professionals did not order the correct tests that would have prevented the situation from occurring. They failed to diagnose and treat reduced blood flow that led to his death from myocardial infarction.
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other medical professional is negligent in the treatment of a patient. Doctors are required to provide proper care. If they perform a treatment improperly or, as in this case, fail to perform treatment, the result can cause serious injury or death. The man suffered confusion and disorientation after a heart attack. According to the lawsuit the doctors failed to order a simple and inexpensive non-evasive test that could have provided critical information in preventing the man’s death. Medical personnel did not recognize the signs of a heart attack until it was too late. The jury agreed that this was indeed a case of medical malpractice.
Complications after Surgery
Surgery can be risky and some types of surgery come with more potential dangers than others. Complications can happen even with the easiest and simplest of surgical procedures. As patients we trust that our doctor will take proper care of us before, during and after an operation. Medical professionals know the dangers and are therefore responsible for ensuring that they take immediate action to prevent or treat problems as soon as they arise.
In this particular case the surgery itself went fine. It was only immediately after the surgery that the man experienced symptoms of a heart attack. Had the medical team been more astute they would likely have been aware of the signs more quickly and could have provided the proper treatment, potentially saving the man’s life. The lawsuit was brought against Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
When a medical professional is negligent in the care of a patient, the results can be devastating. Those who were seriously harmed or died as a result of negligent care may be entitled to compensation. This may include money to pay for medical expenses, medications, rehabilitation, and future medical care. Additionally, the patient or family may recover damages for pain and suffering, grief and sorrow, loss of society, and legal fees. Not all lawsuits result in jury trials. In fact, many such suits are resolved with settlements. A qualified litigation attorney works with even the most difficult and complex cases to get clients the best possible resolution. Each situation is different and requires review to determine how to proceed. If you or a loved one is the victim of medical malpractice do not delay. Contact the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti today.
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