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.