As a result of this carelessness, the patient received the same drugs just hours later, after complaining of more pain. This time he had a far more serious respiratory arrest, and, according to his doctor, almost died. He underwent 30 minutes of CPR and suffered a lacerated spleen and liver. He spent several weeks in the hospital in very serious condition. He about $75,000 of medical bills.
The most the hospital ever offered was $100,000. It took the jury just 2 1/2 hours to reach its verdict.
After this case, our client wrote us:
We've been totally satisfied with everything--I was particularly impressed with the way that you pulled everything together--selecting the appropriate witnesses, etc. ...Several people have commented on how they were glad that someone has taken this action. The feel the hospital needed to be made aware of the need to re-look at internal operating procedures.