New York residents may be interested in a recent jury decision which awarded a family $2.4 million. In 2007, a woman died after seeking emergency treatment for severe pain in her abdomen and back. Two years earlier, she had undergone gastric bypass surgery, a relatively common procedure. Often, bowel obstruction is a complication in this type of surgery, but the suit claimed that the failure to diagnose this lead to her death.
The doctor who attended to the woman in the emergency room was named in the suit, along with the hospital group that employed him. The woman, age 47, left behind her husband, son and a granddaughter. Her husband expressed his relief that the suit had ended after nearly four years and that the jury had agreed with his family. He said that they had not thought about the possible risks when his wife had gone in for treatment, claiming that people do not consider that it may be their loved one that suffers or dies due to medical error.