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$10 million awarded for medical malpractice doctor errors

One family spent over two years unsure of what truly caused their loved one's death. The out-of-state man died at Iowa hospital after he went in for a necessary operation. When the family went to trial over allegations of medical malpractice doctor errors, the truth of what happened finally came out.

The 80-year-old man was admitted to the hospital in Jan. 2015, when he underwent surgery for the removal of his bladder cancer. A follow-up appointment for his rapidly developing complications did not fully address the man's problems. Although he underwent a secondary surgery, he died about a week after the first operation.

According to the family's suit, the man's death was the result of errors by an attending certified registered nurse anesthetist. The patient's stomach was not emptied, which they claim led to his drowning after its contents moved up his throat and into his lungs. Additionally, his throat was not sealed off in a timely manner after the insertion of a breathing tube.

The allegations of medical malpractice doctor errors ultimately led the family to trial, where many of these details were finally fully disclosed. It was determined that errors during the patient's surgery had resulted in his wrongful death, and the family was awarded $10 million on behalf of their lost loved one. Although no amount of money could even begin to replace an Iowa person's life, just compensation can address the unexpected funeral costs, potential loss of income from a breadwinner and the ongoing anguish of a wrongful death.

Source:, "Digging Deeper: Jury awards $10M verdict in medical malpractice", Shirley Descorbeth, Sept. 22, 2017

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