$31.9M Verdict For Failure To Admit Patient To ICU

In September 2018, 51-year-old Saverio Sasso experienced a burning sensation when urinating, indicating that he had a urinary tract infection, as well as having nausea and fever for which he sought medical evaluation at an urgent care facility. Less than 24 hours later, he went to the emergency department at Cleveland Clinic Florida, complaining of severe back pain…medicalmalpracticelawyers.com, $31.9M Florida Medical Malpractice Verdict For Failure To Admit Patient To ICU, May 2024


Sasso’s condition deteriorated overnight, and the rapid response team was called to his bedside the next day to intubate him. A resident who was part of the rapid response team had difficulty intubating Sasso and therefore an anaesthesiologist was called to place the breathing tube. Due to the lack of oxygen for fourteen minutes, Sasso suffered a severe brain injury. He died one week later.


Cleveland Clinic Florida reportedly argued to the jury that Sasso died as a result of a congenital medical condition.


Earlier in 2024, the Florida medical malpractice wrongful death jury found the hospital negligent and awarded $31.9 million in compensatory damages: $30 million for present and future pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and loss of guidance for Sasso’s minor daughter, and approximately $1.9 million for medical expenses, loss of support, and funeral expenses.


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