$9.7M Verdict For Death From Infected Surgical Wound

The patient, a 41-year-old mother of two teenagers, underwent an outpatient surgical procedure after which she developed an infection in the surgical wound. Days after her follow-up appointment with her surgeon, she began feeling ill…medicalmalpracticelawyers.com, $9.7M Michigan Medical Malpractice Verdict For Death From Infected Surgical Wound, Sep 2023


She went to the emergency room at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital for evaluation and treatment at which time it was determined that she had an infection in her surgical wound. The physician in the emergency room contacted the woman’s surgeon, who then saw the woman in the hospital mid-morning the following day.


The Michigan medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit alleged that the surgeon failed to timely perform a cleanout procedure of the infected surgical wound. The lawsuit alleged that the defendants failed to properly treat the woman’s infection for five days while she was in the hospital.


The hospital’s medical staff allegedly failed to follow hospital safety policies and procedures while the woman’s condition deteriorated. The woman died from the improperly treated surgical wound infection that led to sepsis, on day six in the hospital, according to the Michigan wrongful death lawsuit.


The jury reportedly found Henry Ford Macomb Hospital Corporation administratively negligent for failing to implement and enforce proper safety policies. The jury reportedly found that the surgeon had breached the standard of care and that such breach was a cause of the patient’s death.


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