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Family awarded $1.23 million in surgical error case

Medical malpractice can happen anywhere. Recently, a jury returned a verdict that awarded $1.23 million to the family of a 66-year-old woman who died of brain injury following a surgery in 2008. The damages included money for both economic and non-economic losses and were paid to the estate of the deceased woman. The jury found that the anesthesiologist during the surgery was "professionally negligent" and that his negligence was "a proximate cause of death."

The lawsuit, filed by the patient's family, stemmed from claims of surgical error and anesthesia error. The patient never recovered following the surgery to have her thyroid and parathyroid glands removed. Her family claimed that the anesthesiologist failed to realize that the breathing tube had moved during surgery, thus preventing her from breathing on her own and depriving her brain of oxygen. Also, there was a failure to treat her low blood pressure during the surgery, which can cause injury to the brain. After the patient was taken off life support, an autopsy failed to show any cause of death other than lack of adequate oxygen during surgery.

But despite increased efforts to decrease surgical errors, thousands of people are still injured or killed by hospital and doctor negligence like this case every year. Injured patients and family members who have lost loved ones have a right to recover compensation for these damages, including for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages or income, and loss of future

If you or a family member has been injured by a medical error, or if a person have general medical malpractice questions contact an experienced attorney.

Source:, "Lawton family awarded $1.23 million by Kalamazoo jury in medical malpractice lawsuit," Lynn Turner, April 3, 2012

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