At some point in life, a number of Rhode Island residents will face bypass surgery. This type of surgery has become fairly common, and, often, the patient recovers and is able to return home in a short amount of time. However, as with any type of medical procedure, something can go wrong, and doctor mistakes can lead to further injury or even death.
In 2003, a 71-year-old woman entered her local hospital in order for a scheduled bypass surgery to be performed. During this procedure, the woman died, and a jury has now awarded her family $1 million as a result. Prior to the lawsuit going to court, the hospital she was a patient in settled a claim with the family. The terms of this settlement have not been made public.