The family of Miriam “Feenee” Hadley of Virginia Beach settled a medical malpractice lawsuit after the federal government agreed to pay the family $450,000. The family filed the malpractice lawsuit after Hadley, who was 43 at the time, died at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center after a routine surgery. In the terms of the settlement, the government did not admit to fault in Hadley’s death.
According to an article in the PilotOnline.com, Hadley underwent surgery in 2006 to remove an infected boil. The lawsuit claimed that Hadley died because the anesthesiologist failed to intubate her after the surgery but should have known to because Hadley had underlying medical issues which included diabetes. Intubation is the placement of a tube in the patient’s trachea to protect the airway and provide for mechanical ventilation. Hadley’s airway became obstructed and she stopped breathing while she was being transferred from the operating room to the intensive care unit. She went into cardiac arrest and was later declared brain dead.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured by medical malpractice and the family of those who have died. Washington state has a wrongful death statute which allows the family who has lost a loved one because of the negligence of another to recover damages on behalf of their loved one.