VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro law firm reached a settlement agreement in a case involving a victim who died as a result of an intubation error by an anesthesiologist. The settlement total is between $1.5 million and $2 million.
The firm’s client was a 58-year-old man who suffered a dislocation of a left hip prosthesis after a fall. After arriving at the emergency room of a hospital located in the mid-Atlantic region, he was evaluated prior to the necessary orthopedic surgery required to re-socket the prosthetic hip.
During the procedure, several attempts using endotracheal intubation were made to secure his airway for oxygen, but ultimately his airway and oxygen was lost. An emergency tracheostomy was performed. However, due to loss of oxygen, the client suffered a global hypoxic brain injury as a result. After being released from intensive care, the client lingered on life support more than two weeks, but eventually died during hospice care. He was survived by his wife and two adult children who were statutory beneficiaries.
The Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro firm obtained three medical experts who generally asserted that, based on the client’s medical history and presentation, the plan implemented for securing his airway and oxygen flow during surgery was a breach of the standard of care. The firm also obtained an economic report outlining both lost income and household services to the estate.
After a full day of mediation, about two months before trial, the law firm reached a settlement agreement with the defense. Further details of the case and the parties involved remain sealed under a confidentiality agreement.