Hospitals are required to provide patients with the best possible care and people relly on doctors and staff members to keep them safe. Sometimes, however, mistakes are made and when they are they may prove to be deadly. A man has filed a lawsuit against a hospital and doctor alleging negligent care, medical malpractice, and wrongful death of his fiancé. The woman was a patient of Mount Sinai Hospital to undergo an operation. Before and during the operation, the woman’s airway was not properly checked and the doctor did not detect an esophageal intubation soon enough. As a result, the woman suffered from oxygen deprivation to the brain and died several days later.
Standard of Care
Doctors and other medical professionals are required to provide a high level of care. This is based on the fact that they have a high degree of knowledge, education, and experience in medicine. When they fail to provide proper care it may be considered medical malpractice. In this case, the doctor should have been checking the patient at all times to ensure that her airway was not obstructed. The lawsuit states that the doctor did not provide the standard of care necessary and was negligent.
Medical Mistakes are Common
Most people trust that when they are being cared for in a hospital they will not be harmed. All too often, mistakes occur that cause severe injuries to patients. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, mistakes in hospitals are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Those who enter a hospital may not always be certain that they will receive the care they should. In this instance, what should have been a routine operation ended in tragedy due to an alleged medical mistake by a doctor.
Anorexic Brain Injury
An anorexic brain injury is oxygen deprivation to the brain. The brain is a complex organ of the body and can only survive for a matter of a few minutes without oxygen. When oxygen is limited or removed for just a couple of minutes brain damage may occur. Brain damage can range from mild to severe. In some cases, the individual will never fully recover. In this case, the woman was severely deprived of oxygen, according to the lawsuit, and her organs were permanently and irreversibly injured.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
This case demonstrates how serious and tragic a medical mistake can be. Damages in this lawsuit will likely include medical costs, pain and suffering, and funeral costs. The woman had two children under the ages of 18, who must now learn to survive without a mother. Therefore, the family may also be able to get compensation for the loss of the time they should have had with their mother. Lawsuits such as this one must establish that the doctor was both liable and negligent for the injuries. Many cases are resolved through a settlement with the insurance company while others must be litigated in court. If you or a family member have suffered a serious injury as the result of medical malpractice it is necessary to speak with a qualified attorney as soon as possible. Contact the legal team at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation today.
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