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Jury awards $1M in anesthesiology malpractice lawsuit

The family of a 71-year-old woman recently recovered $1 million in damages for her hospital death that occurred 2002. Jurors sided with the deceased's family after weighing evidence regarding medical negligence of the anesthesiologist and hospital staff.

Specifically, the case focused on whether use of a Swan-Ganz catheter was appropriate and properly installed during the victim's coronary artery bypass surgery. The family alleged that surgical team did not have consent to use the catheter and that it was negligently implanted and insufficiently monitored.

The hospital where the wrongful death occurred had previously settled the case with the victim's family, but the anesthesiologist battled the suit until jurors found him negligent on Feb. 26.

This case shows how contentious and drawn out medical malpractice litigation can be. The family initiated the wrongful death lawsuit in 2003 and had to wait 11 years before its claim was completely resolved.

It is great to see a family secure justice after such a long battle. Sometimes, all a family wants is an apology and accountability for a mistake.

Source: Madison-St. Clair Record, "St. Clair County Jury Awards $1 Million In Medical Malpractice Case," Ann Maher, March 10, 2014

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