Acid reflux is a disease that is generally mild-to-moderate in its symptoms and treatment. However, since so many people struggle from this issue on a daily basis, there are many treatments available to remedy the symptoms. One newer treatment is a surgical in which a magnet is inserted in the digestion tract to prevent stomach acid from escaping the stomach and preventing acid reflux from happening. While this surgery has seen its fair share of success, it ended in tragedy for one Pennsylvania man suffering from acid reflux.
The initial surgery isn't what actually killed the man. The resounding surgeries did. When the implant was assessed after implementation, it was found that it had shifted 3cm from its original insertion location. Since this is a far amount to have traveled, surgery was ordered to correct it. In the second surgery, the man's aorta was accidentally nicked by doctor error. Significant bleeding due to this injury directly led to his inability to recover and he passed away.
To die for acid reflux treatment seems incredulous. The man's family has filed a wrongful death suit based on medical malpractice. To prove negligent care in this case, they will need to prove that the defendants failed to meet the standards that are generally accepted in comparable situations. A causal correlation between this breach in the standard of care and the outcome of the man's death.
Damages one can seek in medical malpractice lawsuits in cases of fatality could include punitive damages, lost wages, medical expenses, funeral expenses and other attributable costs. Losing a loved one in this manner is difficult enough to handle. The financial costs are just another burden one shouldn't need to deal with. That's what medical malpractice suits are for.