Recently, a jury awarded the family of an elderly woman $12M in a medical malpractice case. The negligence lawsuit arose out of claims by the woman that the doctor – who was currently a resident – and performed the routine hernia operation, left her with permanent injuries. According to evidence presented at trial, the surgeon punctured the woman colon, which then led to a massive abdominal infection and the loss of most of her large intestine. This case presented the question whether a teaching hospital should be held responsible for the errors of their residents. Here, the jury determined that it should.
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Here the facts established that the woman was undergoing a routine procedure when the surgical resident perforated the patient's colon. The resident didn't realize he had made the error until the wound was closed. The patient then developed a massive infection and went into septic shock. She had a heart attack and her organs began failing, ultimately slipping into a coma. The woman continues to have significant abdominal problems.
While the hospital argued that it shouldn't be responsible for the errors of it's residents, the jury disagreed and awarded the family $12M.
One representative noted that it's the responsibility of teaching hospitals to insure patient safety comes first.
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