Many New Jersey residents suffer from conditions that require medical attention from time to time. While on some days the individual shows no symptoms and is able to function as any other person without a medical condition, on other days, the individual requires medication or perhaps even medical intervention. At times, this treatment involves surgical procedures and hospitalization to take care of the problem. It is assumed that when the individual seeks this intervention that the problem will be taken care of, and that hospital negligence will not interfere with the expected results.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In 2013, a 29-year-old mother of two suffered from a condition that occasionally required her to be placed on a mechanical ventilator. Her condition dictated that this usually would last for a couple of weeks while her medical condition improved. Then, she would be able to return to her normal life as a wife, mother and surgical technician.
This time, the breathing tube was inserted incorrectly, and oxygen was being lost. Although the hospital staff knew about the problem, nothing was done to correct it. The next morning, a nurse turned the patient without the required assistance. In doing so, the breathing tube became dislodged, and the patient was without oxygen for in excess of 30 minutes. This caused her to fall into a vegetative state where she remained until her death almost a year later.
A jury has recently awarded the victim's family almost $20 million as a result of the hospital negligence claim her husband filed against the medical group responsible for her treatment. New Jersey residents who find themselves facing a similar situation will want to review their legal options. Hospital negligence can be devastating both personally and financially.
Source: dallasnews.com, "Jury awards $20M to family of Burleson woman who died after medical error", Caleb Downs, Aug. 31, 2016