What may start out as a routine medical procedure may end up costing a patient his or her life in Texas if the medical provider is negligent. In one recent out-of-state medical malpractice case that involves a female patient who died following surgery, a jury returned a verdict of $3 million. The procedure that ultimately led to her death was considered to be a routine surgical one.
The verdict ended up being awarded to the deceased woman's surviving spouse. The surgery that the woman, age 64, underwent was an operation to have a cyst on her ovary removed. During the surgery, however, the woman's bowel was pierced.
The woman's attorneys said the surgeon did not sufficiently inspect her bowel to see if she had developed any cuts, which is a danger associated with this type of surgery. The surgeon was also accused of mishandling the woman's complaints following the procedure. The woman passed away a couple of days following her surgery.
When medical malpractice causes a person to suffer serious injuries and subsequently the loss of life, the loved ones of the individual have the right to file a legal claim against the doctor and/or medical facility that reportedly caused the death. Liability needs to be established before a judge will adjudicate claims for financial damages. In the state of Texas, a financial award in a case that is fought successfully may be helpful for covering funeral costs, the loss of support, medical bills and other expenses, depending on the circumstances surrounding the case.
Source: ajc.com, "DeKalb jury awards $3 million in medical malpractice case", Bill Rankin, Jan. 26, 2016