$10M Iowa Medical Malpractice Verdict Against CRNA For Wrongful Death

During the week of September 18, 2017, an Iowa medical malpractice jury returned its verdict in the amount of $10 million in favor of the plaintiff for the wrongful death of an 80-year-old patient at an Iowa hospital due to the alleged medical negligence of a certified registered nurse anesthetist, who has since retired.

The elderly man had surgery to address his bladder cancer on January 5, 2015 at an Iowa hospital. The man developed complications from his surgery that required follow-care at the hospital. The man died on January 11, 2015, after he had an additional surgery.

The man’s wife of 55 years filed an Iowa medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit in which she alleged that the certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) who participated in her husband’s second surgery breached the standard of care by failing to empty her husband’s stomach before the surgical procedure that resulted in the contents of his stomach aspirating into his lungs during the surgery, and by failing to timely seal his airway after the CRNA inserted the breathing tube.

The widow stated after the Iowa medical malpractice trial, “Oh, it was hard. [The doctor] came in, he said, ‘I have some bad news, you have a very, very sick husband.’ And then he said, ‘but you’re not gonna be taking him home.'”

The medical malpractice insurance company for the defendant anesthesiology practice issued a statement after the Iowa medical malpractice verdict against its insured in which it stated, “This is a very difficult situation for everyone involved. While we disagree with the jury’s findings we have great respect for the legal process. The well-being of our patients sits at the heart of everything we do every day.”

The Iowa medical malpractice defense attorneys for the defendant anesthesiology practice have stated that they plan to file post-trial motions to overturn the $10 million Iowa medical malpractice verdict against their client, and to file an appeal, if necessary.


The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) states on its website: “CRNAs are anesthesia professionals who safely administer approximately 43 million anesthetics to patients each year in the United States … CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities in these medically underserved areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, pain management and trauma stabilization services. In some states, CRNAs are the sole providers in nearly 100 percent of the rural hospitals … Numerous outcomes studies have demonstrated that there is no difference in the quality of care provided by CRNAs and their physician counterparts.”

The average 2016 medical malpractice premium for self-employed CRNAs in the United States was 33 percent lower than in 1988 (65 percent lower when adjusted for inflation).


If you or a loved one were injured as a result of the medical negligence of a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) in Iowa or in another U.S. state, you should promptly find a local medical malpractice lawyer in your state who may investigate your CRNA medical malpractice claim for you and represent you or your loved one in a medical malpractice case against a CRNA, if appropriate.

Visit our website or call us toll-free in the United States at 800-295-3959 to be connected with medical malpractice attorneys in Iowa or in your U.S. state who may assist you.

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