$2.4 Million Jury Verdict in Failure to Evacuate Stomach Contents Before Lap Band Surgery

Vincent Minor was 28 years old when he underwent gastric bypass surgery. He developed an obstruction, which caused his stomach contents to back up above his lap band. During the surgery to remove the lap band, he began vomiting and aspirated vomit.

He later developed pneumonitis and acute respiratory distress syndrome and remained in a vegetative state until he passed away a month later. Minor was survived by his parents and two siblings.

The Minor family sued Dr. Joyce Hairston, the treating anesthesiologist, alleging that she had chosen not to place a nasogastric tube and failed to evacuate Minor’s stomach contents before intubating him. The lawsuit did not claim lost income.

After deliberating, the trial signed a verdict for $3.4 million for the wrongful death.

The attorneys successfully handling this lawsuit were William J. Atkins, Roderick E. Edmond and Brian Glass.

Bronley v. Hairston, No. CL-2017-2217 (Va. Cir. Ct. Fairfax County).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling anoxic brain injury lawsuits, wrongful death cases, anesthesiology negligence lawsuits, hospital negligence cases and physician negligence lawsuits for individuals, families and loved ones who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of a medical provider for more than 40 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Oak Park, Cicero, Glen Ellyn, Downers Grove, Woodridge, Willow Springs, Palos Park, Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park, Alsip, Crestwood, Calumet Park, Harvey, Markham, Oak Forest, Country Club Hills, Hazel Crest, Homewood, Olympia Fields, Richton Park, University Park, Lynwood, Justice, Bedford Park, North Riverside, Maywood, Melrose Park, Schiller Park, Elk Grove Village, Des Plaines, Palatine, Barrington Hills, Chicago (Edison Park, Norwood Park, Jefferson Park, West Ridge, Edgewater, Uptown, Lakeview, Near North Side, West Town, Humboldt Park, Austin, McKinley Park, Back of the Yards, Gage Park, Chicago Lawn, Marquette Park, Avalon Park, Roseland, Beverly, Hyde Park, Roscoe Village), Burbank, Bedford Park, Lincolnshire and Lincolnwood, Ill.

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