In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, local residents go to their doctors whenever they have health problems or for regularly scheduled checkups. Doctors are well-trained individuals who follow strict standard procedures to ensure the safety of their patients. However, numerous cases of doctor errors and medical malpractice cases can sometimes make an individual think twice before undergoing a procedure as it may cost their lives or result in a worsened physical condition.
People also go to their doctors or specialized surgeons to improve their physical appearance. Unfortunately, one woman's goal to reduce her belly fat turned deadly. In 2009, the woman went to a high-profile surgeon, whose works have been featured on TV shows, such as "Today" and "Dr. Oz," for liposuction. After two days, the woman died, due to a pulmonary embolism, a deadly blood clot that found its way to the woman's lung.
According to court filings, the victim's husband attempted to contact the surgeon during the course of the two days, but his efforts were futile. The woman was experiencing shortness of breath and chest pains during the time her husband was attempting to reach the operating surgeon.
Recently, a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the victim's husband was settled. The surgeon has agreed to pay $2.3 million as part of the settlement.
A family whose loved one died because of a doctor's negligence is entitled to seek damages. Although the awards and damages will not bring back their loved one, it can help the surviving family members to start anew and recover from their tragedy.
A Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorney handles cases where an individual died due to a doctor's negligence. This legal professional can conduct a private investigation in order to bring all facts of a specific case to light, possibly proving the negligence of a defendant.
Source: The New York Daily News, "Plastic surgeon to pay $2.3 million to family of patient who died after getting liposuction," Barry Paddock, May 12, 2014