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Family awarded $68 million medical malpractice judgment

When a person in Tennessee is scheduled to undergo a serious medical procedure, he or she may expect the surgeon to remain in the operating room throughout the process to ensure it goes as planned. Should a surgeon choose to leave the room before the operation is finished, the remainder of the procedure may be left in the hands of those who aren't qualified to perform it. A family has been awarded a $68 million judgment in a medical malpractice lawsuit after complications from a surgery left a man in a coma.

According to the lawsuit, the incident began when the man was scheduled to undergo an operation on his heart. At some point during the operation, the surgeon reportedly left the room without completing the procedure. The lawsuit states that the man lost a great deal of blood during this period and began to suffer oxygen deprivation and slipped into a coma soon thereafter.

This isn't the first instance of this nature involving the surgeon, as he was also found negligent in another procedure in which he left early after advising a physician assistant to close up the chest of a patient. In this case, the family claims the man remains in a vegetative state to this day. Although the surgeon claims he remained in the operating room until the man was stable, other members of medical staff testified that he left early to attend a business luncheon.

Individuals who suffer permanent harm due to the negligence of a medical professional may be entitled to seek restitution through the civil justice system. Since this can be a complex process, a person in Tennessee could retain the services of an experienced attorney for guidance. An attorney can review the client's situation and assist in pursuing the full amount of compensation deserved through a medical malpractice claim.

Source:, "Jury orders Fresno heart surgeon to pay $68 million to family of man left in coma", Pablo Lopez, March 19, 2018

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