Jury awards $3.5 million for failure to provide supplemental oxygen

A jury awarded $3.5 million in non-economic damages for a hospital’s medical malpractice in failing to provide supplemental oxygen to a pneumonia patient. In the wrongful death lawsuit, the family of the deceased, mentally disabled man blamed the hospital for failing to administer proper respiratory care, to monitor his heart rate, and to monitor the frequency of his respirations. As a result, his body was deprived of oxygen, his heart became overworked, and he ultimately died.

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