Surgery is a frightening prospect for many people in New York. When asked why, many will say they do not like to be put to sleep. The practice of anesthesiology is delicate and deals with many variables, any of which may become a crucial element in a patient’s survival of the procedure. One doctor in another state is facing a medical malpractice lawsuit following a surgery that ended a woman’s life.
The anesthesiologist is accused of providing substandard care that caused the woman’s death. The woman was undergoing emergency surgery following an operation on her heart. During the procedure, the doctor inserted an endotracheal tube to allow the woman to breathe while under deep sedation. However, the complaint alleges that the intubation was done improperly, causing the woman great pain and ultimately resulting in her death.
Cardio surgeons who operated on the woman noted that an “attempted” intubation resulted in a lack of oxygen, which damaged the woman’s brain. The anesthesiologist denies that his actions were below the acceptable standard of care and says he used the most reliable methods known. The stepdaughter of the woman is seeking more than $75,000 in damages for herself and other members of the woman’s family.
When doctors or other medical professionals are negligent in their duties, the results are often catastrophic. Lives of patients, their families and loved ones are often damaged in unimaginable ways. While money is not expected to heal the deep, emotional wounds such events may inflict, compensation may help victims recover in many ways. Speaking with a New York attorney for advice about a medical malpractice lawsuit will provide one with options when considering taking this step.
Source: cavalierdaily.com, “U.Va. anesthesiologist faces $75,000 malpractice suit“, Kate Lewis, March 27, 2018