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$75K lawsuit filed alleging anesthesiologist surgical errors

A woman in a different state claims that an anesthesiologist incorrectly intubated her stepmother during the stepmother's emergency surgery. The alleged incident ended up causing the stepmother's death back in 2013. The stepdaughter therefore filed a $75,000 lawsuit against the doctor in 2015, and this suit is slated to go to trial this June. If surgical errors lead to the death of a loved one in West Virginia or elsewhere, this is grounds for medical malpractice litigation.

In the recent out-of-state case, the stepmother was not intubated properly after undergoing a cardiac operation. This reportedly caused the woman to suffer an anoxic brain injury, which led to her death. At the time of her death, the anesthesiologist who had intubated her was working as part of a nonprofit physicians group along with a university medical school.

According to the lawsuit, the doctor did not put an endotracheal tube in the correct location in the stepmother's trachea. In addition, the doctor is being accused of choosing to utilize a pulse oximeter instead of a more dependable means of evaluating a patient's breathing if the patient is experiencing cardiac tamponade. This condition occurs when there is a lot of fluid in the outer sac, or pericardium, of a patient's heart. This drastically lowers the person's blood pressure and can lead to death. However, the doctor has denied knowing about a more dependable method for keeping track of a patient's breathing.

Doctors in West Virginia and other states are expected to exercise a reasonable degree of care when caring for patients. If they do not do this and a patient ends up passing away as a result of surgical errors, for example, the victim's surviving loved ones may choose to seek justice through the civil court system. If liability is established before the civil court, claims for monetary damages will be decided.

Source: cavalierdaily.com, "U.Va. anesthesiologist faces $75,000 malpractice suit", Kate Lewis, March 27, 2017

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