$750,000 Settlement for Negligence in Anesthesia Administration

Blume Donnelly partner David Fried represented a man who underwent surgery on his shoulder with IV anesthesia /sedation (not general endotracheal intubation). During the surgery, the man was placed in a “beach chair” position, where his head was higher than his shoulder. This positioning affects the blood pressure and decreases flow of blood to the brain, especially when under anesthesia. David worked extensively with medical experts and established that the anesthesiologist failed to appreciate the changes in blood pressure, and failed to administer medications which would have improved the blood flow to the brain. As a result of the negligence, the man suffered a brain injury causing cognitive, coordination and speech problems. David settled this case for $750,000.