Many strides have been made in the treatment of cancer patients in Maryland and elsewhere across the country. Patients typically follow a treatment plan established by their physicians to combat the disease. Unfortunately, one man died after he was forced to stop his treatment because of complications that arose following a surgical procedure. The man’s family recently learned that they would receive nearly $1 million from a medical malpractice lawsuit in another state.
According to reports, a man had a gastric bypass in 2015. The man spent 55 days in the hospital with numerous complications, such as a herniation, a bowel perforation and respiratory failure. During his hospitalization, he had to undergo several surgeries. In 2018, the man’s bowel perforated again, thus requiring him to stop his cancer treatments. The family filed the lawsuit, claiming that the doctor failed to conduct necessary tests following the surgery in 2015 that subsequently led to the complications years later.
The wrongful death claim was filed against the surgeon who performed the initial procedure. There were also claims against the medical center where the surgery occurred; however, it was determined that the facility was not negligent. A jury awarded the man’s family members $836,000 in the proceedings. The total damages awarded will likely total close to $1 million once attorney fees and other costs are reimbursed to the family.
The survival rate for many types of cancer has increased greatly over recent years. This certainly gives families great hope that their loved ones will be cured. However, those hopes are dashed when alleged medical malpractice prevents treatments to continue. Family members may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the physician or medical facilities involved in the purposed malpractice. A Maryland personal injury attorney will work with clients to achieve a favorable outcome in the litigation.