Many of Minnesota's residents go to the hospital without much thought about the risks involved when receiving treatment. Instead, patients rightfully expect their medical condition to be accurately diagnosed and treated in a safe and effective fashion. Yet, sometimes mistakes are made and patients are harmed or even killed. It is therefore important Minnesota residents know their legal rights when they are harmed by a medical professional's negligence.
One family that recently acted on its legal rights received a judgment in its favor after a jury trial. In that case, a woman went to the emergency room with severe back and abdominal pain. As it turns out, the woman had a bowel obstruction that ultimately led to her death. Attorneys for the victim's estate claimed bowel obstructions are a known complication of gastric bypass surgery, which the victim had undergone two years earlier. Apparently, if her doctor had quickly and accurately diagnosed her condition, she may have been saved. Therefore, the jury found in the deceased woman's favor and awarded compensation to her family.