Medical Malpractice - Wrongful Death
On May 25th, 2010 the firm settled a wrongful death case in Staten Island during trial for $450,000. The case involved the death of a 63-year-old woman who had a long history of abdominal surgeries. She went to a Staten Island hospital with a return of stomach complaints which were due to scarring in here abdomen from healing from her previous surgeries. The scarring left her with a narrowing of her small bowel. Rather than continue with conservative treatment to resolve her complaints of vomiting, diarrhea and a 25 pound weight loss, surgeons at the hospital opted for immediate surgery.
Our client never recovered because of her nutritional status and the stress of the surgery. She ultimately died at the hospital from complications of the surgery which included infections, respiratory failure and kidney failure. Our client was survived by her husband and two adult children. The firm was prepared to show the jury how the surgeons rushed to perform surgery because it fit into their schedule and that they ignored our client's depressed nutritional status. This led to the deceased's inability to recover from the eight hour surgery and the subsequent infections.