A 19-year-old college student died after having been in a vegetative state for two years. Her parents filed a lawsuit, claiming that their daughter's death was the result of hospital negligence. The court recently ruled in favor of the parents in the case. Florida medical patients who have suffered injury or illness due to medical negligence might want to take note of the recent ruling.
According to reports, the young woman had gone to the hospital in 2013 after suffering from abdominal pain. Medical staff members prepared her for an endoscopy. This medical procedure is performed by inserting a tube with a camera attached through a patient's mouth into the digestive tract.
In this case, anesthesia was given to the patient in preparation for the procedure. Sadly, she never regained consciousness after suffering cardiac arrest and respiratory failure during the endoscopy. She remained in a vegetative state until her death two years later. Attorneys representing her parents' case accused the doctor and staff of improperly administering the anesthesia and failing to monitor the patient.
It was reported that the court has approved a settlement of approximately $18 million to the parents in this case. In Florida and all other states, it might be of comfort to those who have suffered the untimely death of a loved one due to hospital negligence to know that they can file a legal claim on behalf of the decedent. Through these means, a court can award compensation in a successfully litigated case as restitution for damages sustained in order to help alleviate any financial losses incurred as a result of the tragedy.
Source: lohud.com, "Phelps, doctor to pay $18 million to settle malpractice case over teen's coma, death", Jane Lerner, June 22, 2015