Many individuals in Tennessee and elsewhere may be aware than almost all surgical procedures come with at least a certain level of risk. However, this risk may increase substantially if those performing an operation fail to provide a certain standard of care. A family in another state was recently awarded a judgment of $2.5 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit after claiming that negligence led to the untimely death of a 64-year-old woman.
According to reports, the incident began when the woman was scheduled to undergo a procedure to remove a pacemaker. Medical professionals reportedly used a laser to assist with the extraction, and during the operation, the family asserts that the laser perforated the woman's blood vessels and heart. This caused her to suffer substantial blood loss, and she reportedly passed away shortly thereafter.
The family has since accused the facility of attempting to make use of a new surgical program without proper preparation. They also assert that those performing the procedure were not prepared to take part in such an experimental operation. During a recent trial, jurors reportedly reach a unanimous decision within only an hour, determining the facility was culpable of negligence.
Experiencing the untimely loss of someone close can be traumatic, especially when that loss comes as a result of the negligence of another party. Those who face such a loss may choose to speak with an attorney for guidance on their available legal avenues. An attorney in Tennessee can examine the client's situation and assist him or her in pursuing the restitution deserved through a medical malpractice lawsuit against the party or parties deemed responsible.