We represented a client in a medical malpractice case against a hospital and the doctor that was responsible for managing her hospital care. Our client was admitted to the hospital for back surgery on a Friday morning.
The surgery was completed without complication about mid-day. Her condition after surgery was stable until the early morning hours on Saturday, when blood pressure began to drop. Her blood pressure dropped to 90 SBP, then into the 80’s, 70’s and 60’s. The hospital and doctor managing her care failed to take any significant steps to address her low blood pressure until mid-afternoon on Sunday. By that time, our client’s blood pressure had been below 90 for nearly 48 hours, she was in shock, convulsing, and suffering kidney and respiratory failure. She was rushed to the ICU where her systolic blood pressure was measured at 30. She was eventually stabilized and transferred to another hospital.
Our client nearly died as a result of medical negligence. Thankfully, her kidney and respiratory systems recovered. However, the event led to a long hospitalization and prolonged period of weakness which lead to a bad outcome for her back surgery. The hospital and doctor initially denied any responsibility and refused to pay the claim. We took several depositions and hired experts to testify regarding the negligence of the nurses and doctor and the cause of our client’s injury. After extended litigation and long mediation, we were able to settle the case against the hospital for a confidential amount.