Late last month a Florida medical malpractice jury returned its verdict in the amount of $7.5 million in favor of the family of a woman who bled out during surgery – the family’s medical malpractice attorney had requested that the jury return a verdict in favor of the family in the amount of $7 million.
The two defendant surgeons were found by the jury to have committed medical malpractice during the woman’s surgery that occurred in May 2009. The anesthesiologist and an internist at the hospital where the surgery took place had settled the medical negligence claims against them before the trial, under undisclosed terms.
The woman, who was 45 years old at the time of her surgery and had two young children and a husband (who does not speak English and works at a car rental facility at Miami International Airport), had a two-inch cancerous tumor on her skull as a result of multiple myeloma for which the defendant surgeons recommended surgery (the plaintiff’s medical malpractice lawsuit alleged that surgery was not necessary and that the woman should have been treated with radiation and chemotherapy treatments instead – had the surgery not taken place, the woman obviously would not have died during the surgical procedure).
The family’s Florida medical malpractice case alleged that the defendant surgeons negligently failed to observe that the woman was bleeding under her head while she lay unconscious on the operating room table until it was too late to save her. As a result, the woman died of exsanguination (that is, she bled out).
After the verdict was rendered in favor of the family, the family’s attorney stated, “She bled out. That’s basically what exsanguination is. Blood all over the place in the operating room, and there was never a way to control the bleeding due to the negligence of the surgeons. Our medical experts testified that in these type of cases, multiple myeloma is treatable with radiation and chemotherapy, and in this case, they took her straight to surgery for a surgery she just did not need. The most tragic part in this case is the fact that the children were never able to say goodbye to their mom.”
It is expected that the defendants, who are still performing surgeries in Florida, will appeal the Florida medical malpractice jury’s verdict against them.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injury or death as a result of surgery gone bad, you may be the victim of medical negligence and you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries and losses. You should promptly find a local Florida medical malpractice lawyer (or a local medical malpractice lawyer in your U.S. state) who may investigate your medical malpractice claim for you and represent you in a medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
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