The lawsuit dates back to 2002 when a man died in the hospital during a routine CT scan. Five days after undergoing gastric bypass surgery for weight loss, the man experienced difficulties breathing, so he was sent for a CT scan of his lungs. The man died during the scanning procedure. His family filed a lawsuit alleging that the nurse on duty failed to check the patient’s oxygen saturation levels even though the man told her he didn’t think he could breathe while lying flat for the procedure. Sadly, a $50 piece of equipment could have saved this man’s life; it could have saved a woman’s husband and a 10-year-old boy’s father.
Not surprisingly, the man’s family filed a wrongful death, medical malpractice lawsuit. At trial, the plaintiffs’ attorney argued that the man suffered a heart attack as a result of low oxygen levels; when he was told to lie flat, his organs shifted, causing even lower levels of oxygen to his heart. The defense argued that the patient verbally authorized the procedure and the test was performed “by the book.” The defense further argued that the death was a result of a reaction to the contract dye used for the MRI. The jury agreed with the plaintiffs’ arguments and awarded the family $6.2 million. The hospital is expected to appeal the verdict.
Anytime someone loses a loved one, it is devastating both emotionally and mentally. It is often shattering financially, as well. The financial and emotional roller coaster of a lawsuit is equally as painful as the loss. An appeal results in further delay, further uncertainty, increased financial distress. This man’s family was obviously devastated by his sudden death; his loss may have caused a financial setback due to loss of wages, medical expenses, and funeral expenses. Litigation funding may have helped this family during the lawsuit and a potential appeal.
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