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Surgical errors by oral surgeon lead to $2 million settlement

A teenage girl in another state sadly passed away following oral surgery. However, her family recently achieved the settlement of a lawsuit they filed against her oral surgeon after her death. The lawsuit was settled for $2 million. Likewise, those who are victims of surgical errors in West Virginia have the right to seek justice through civil litigation.

The 17-year-old girl's family filed the lawsuit back in January. According to the suit, an oral surgeon's dangerous and negligent actions in 2015 resulted in the teen's death just days later. The surgeon is accused of improperly administering general anesthesia as well as not monitoring the girl during her surgery.

An autopsy revealed that the teen passed away due to oxygen deprivation in her brain, which stemmed from cardiac arrest. Under the lawsuit settlement terms, the girl's parents will receive about $1.28 million. Meanwhile, the remainder of the settlement will go to the family's attorney as well as to the health insurer for health care expenses associated with the teenager's death.

Anyone who loses a loved one due to surgical errors or other acts of medical negligence in West Virginia has the right to seek to hold the at-fault medical provider accountable in civil court. Competent proof of negligence is needed to establish liability, or financial responsibility, in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Once accomplished, claims for monetary damages will be adjudicated. Financial compensation in a successfully fought suit cannot undo the events that resulted in the victim's death, but it may help the surviving family members to experience a sense of justice in light of such an ordeal. It may also help them to cover the girl's funeral expenses and other losses tied to the documented medical malpractice incident.

Source: startribune.com, "Now teaching at the U, oral surgeon settles suit for $2M with family of dead teen", Paul Walsh, Dec. 5, 2017

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