Wrongful Death

We represented a man that died after a hospital failed to properly retrieve a dental device that he had swallowed. At the hospital, hospital physicians believed that the device had passed through his stomach and would likely pass through his digestive system. However, they did insufficient examinations to ensure that the device had not been retained in the esophagus or stomach. Over a year later, the victim developed an infection related to the retention of the dental device. In the process of another hospital attempting to remove the device he died of an exceedingly rare complication. A lawsuit was filed and the case was vigorously defended. The hospital claimed that the death was not related to the retention of the medical device but instead a rare condition that had developed completely independently of the retention of the medical device. Eventually, we were able to recover $275,000 on behalf of the family despite very difficult facts.

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