The widow of a man who died from deep-vein thrombosis recently won the largest medical malpractice award in the history of Jefferson County. The woman, who lost her husband of 39 years on December 16, 2009, relied heavily on the victim for care and support. The jury awarded her $3.7 million.
The victim had gone in to see Dr. Manoj Desai, who was a urologist, to have laser treatment for his enlarged prostate. The procedure went smoothly and there seemed to be no problems. However, about a month after leaving the hospital, the victim began seeing blood in his urine and was admitted to the emergency room at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon per Desai’s orders.
The victim stayed for two days until he suffered a massive pulmonary embolism and died while being transported to surgery.
A pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot makes its way to the artery in the lungs and blocks the blood flow. These clots usually form in the victim’s legs while they are sedentary for long periods.
Anticoagulants can be used to prevent blood clots from forming but are inadvisable for patients about to undergo surgery, like the victim in this case. However, making the patient walk around some following the surgery would have also helped to prevent the clot from forming. Hospitals also use anti-thrombosis stockings, which are designed to prevent thrombosis in patients that are unable to walk around.
The wrongful death and medical malpractice suits filed by the widow argued that if Desai had taken any of the preventative actions above, her husband would still be with her.
The widow now lives alone in a new house she and her husband recently purchased. Desai has since retired.
Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. – Atlantic City medical malpractice lawyers