Settlement Reached in Wrongful Death of Fifty-Eight-Year-Old Man in Airway Presentation Case

A confidential settlement was reached with a hospital emergency room and doctors after a 58-year-old man underwent emergency surgery. The man went to the hospital emergency room after dislocating his hip prosthesis. During the emergency surgery, the attending anesthesiologist attempted unsuccessfully to place an endotracheal tube. 

The man, Doe, required an emergency tracheotomy.

Doe suffered oxygen loss resulting in a hypoxia brain injury because of the lack of oxygen. After being removed from life support, Doe was transferred to hospice where he later died. Doe was survived by his wife and two adult children.

Doe’s family sued the medical providers claiming that their choosing not to properly handle a difficult airway presentation by performing an awake fiber optic intubation was the cause of his death. 

The family also claimed that the defendant physicians and hospital were negligent for deviating from the American Society of Anesthesiologist’s recommended airway practice guidelines.

Before trial, the case settled for $1.5 million to $2 million.

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling medical negligence cases for individuals and families who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of a medical provider for more than 37 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Chicago (Uptown), Chicago (Andersonville), Chicago (Lincoln Square), Chicago (Albany Park), Schiller Park, River Grove, Oak Park, Deerfield, Wheeling, Riverside, Chicago (Brighton Park), Blue Island, Worth and Harvey, Ill.

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