Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes |
A 40-year old-man was admitted to the emergency room of a local hospital after experiencing chest pains and heart problems. An x-ray was taken, but never read, and the father of two was left alone for the next 5 to 7 hours. During this time, he went into cardiac arrest and died after being transferred to another hospital. An extensive investigation revealed that one of the doctors on call had left his pager in his desk, therefore delaying the administration of proper medical treatment. Additionally, hospital workers misplaced the patient for about an hour, resulting in a further delay of critical treatment. The firm successfully argued that the hospital’s negligent procedures led to the patient’s death. The settlement was in excess of one million dollars.