Undergoing surgery is something that many Houston residents have experienced. After some surgeries, low-risk patients are moved to a floor where they can recover. It is here that several thousand patients have been found "dead in bed". Many of these patients and their families have filed a wrongful death lawsuit because of the injuries they suffered.
Over the last 10 years, more than 50,000 patients have died or had a serious brain injury in their hospital bed after having surgery. These patients did not have any known risk factors and their death or serious injury was not expected. Medical experts believe these deaths are caused by an increase in opioid pain killers following surgery. The opioid suppresses the patient's respiratory system and patients are often adversely affected within hours. Monitoring a patient's oxygen level may help reduce these "dead in bed" cases, but many hospitals do not employ these techniques.
When a patient unexpectedly dies, their family can be devastated. The beloved family member may have been the family's breadwinner, mother, father or child. The family can be left with a large amount of medical bills and a broken heart. A legal professional skilled in medical malpractice can help determine what happened to cause the serious injury or death. Compensation may be available for medical bills, funeral expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.
Families who have been adversely affected by a medical error have the legal right to seek compensation for their loss. It is important to hold medical professionals accountable for their negligence so that they don't harm any other patients.
Source: newsnet5.com, "Dead in Bed' cases result in rising malpractice lawsuits nationwide," Ron Regan, Dec. 21, 2016