A Minnesota medical malpractice trial that began on September 15, 2015 involves the death of a 44-year-old former Minnesota police officer who died on March 27, 2014 following a discectomy and disc fusion surgery that was performed on March 20, 2014.
The Minnesota medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit alleges that two physicians responsible for the man’s care during and after the surgery committed medical malpractice in their treatment of the man, and that their medical negligence led to the man’s death.
The defendant surgeon released the man from the hospital the day following the surgery. Within ninety minutes of arriving home, the man was trying to take a nap when he felt something pop in his neck. He then felt a lump on the side of his neck where the pop occurred, and the lump was growing larger. The man and his wife went to a local Minnesota hospital in the town where they lived after the man began to have breathing problems.
The man was seen in the local hospital by the defendant physician, who ordered an ultrasound and diagnosed a hemorrhage. The defendant physician consulted with the defendant surgeon, and wanted to have an air ambulance or ground ambulance take the man back to the Minnesota hospital where his surgery was performed. The man and his wife opted to drive from the local hospital to the hospital where the surgery was performed because they were told that it would take forty minutes for an ambulance to arrive at the local hospital.
Within ten minutes after leaving the local hospital, the swelling of the man’s throat worsened and their call to 911 resulted in an ambulance being dispatched to meet them. The man was able to walk from his vehicle to the ambulance but soon after he was unable to breath and suffered cardiac arrest, leading to a severe and permanent brain injury. The man was on life support for several days before his family made the difficult decision to remove him from life support.
The defendants contend that they provided proper medical care to the man and that their treatment did not breach the standard of care, and that it was the man’s decision to not wait for the ambulance to arrive to transport him between the hospitals that was the cause of his airway closing, his resulting cardiac arrest, and his brain injury (they argue that had the man and his wife remained at the hospital, waiting for the ambulance to arrive, the man would have been in the hospital, where timely and appropriate emergency medical treatment was available, when he suffered his airway closure, instead of being in an ambulance traveling between hospitals).
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