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$875,000 Personal Injury Settlement

Negligent Response To Dislodged Tracheostomy Tube Resulting In Death

After suffering a debilitating stroke, doctors needed to perform a tracheostomy on our male client to assist him with his breathing. The surgical procedure involved creating an opening through his neck into the trachea (windpipe) and inserting a tracheostomy tube through the opening. While an inpatient at a major hospital, it was the job of nurses on staff to check on the patient regularly to ensure that the tube was properly aligned and clear of obstructions. Unfortunately in this case, the nurses failed to do their job properly. As a consequence, this husband and father of three children died when the tube was dislodged and his air passage became obstructed. A lawsuit was filed to help the family with their financial obligations and to provide for the future needs of the children. Rather than go to trial, the medical insurance company agreed to a settlement of $875,000.00 after lengthy negotiations.

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