George Strom Jr., 78, went to the emergency room at UMass Memorial Medical Center – Memorial Campus on Easter Sunday in 2008. Strom Jr. was suffering from shortness of breath and unexplained weight gain and was admitted for treatment of congestive heart failure (CHF) and atrial flutter.
The Telegram & Gazette reports that Strom Jr.’s condition deteriorated his first night at the hospital and was arranged to be transferred to critical care. However, nurses did not move him to the new unit for another 11 hours when he became unresponsive.
He was rushed to the critical care unit but remained unconscious, according to The Telegram & Gazette. He would be removed from life support 11 days later.
The jury found that the hospital was negligent because of the delay in moving Strom Jr. to the critical care unit. They believed that the negligence contributed to the cause of his death, according to The Telegram & Gazette. The family was awarded $250,000 after 15 hours of jury deliberations.
According to the American Medical Association, medical malpractice leads to 225,000 deaths every year. It also leads to countless injuries, which can leave survivors with debilitating, life-altering conditions. Medical malpractice claims can help injured victims and their families recover damages for past and future medical expenses, loss of wages, and even pain and suffering.
Common types of medical malpractice include: