$2.25 Million San Fernando Valley, CA Medical Malpractice Verdict Obtained by The Mandell Law Firm for Eye Surgery Patient
San Fernando Valley, CA (PRWEB) June 16, 2011
The Mandell Law Firm publically announced that in Tseng v. Mazzocco Ambulatory Surgery Center, it was argued not only that the anesthesiologist failed to provide a high standard of care and exercised malpractice, but also that the Ambulatory Surgery Center was negligent in allowing such behavior to take place.
According to case files, the plaintiff underwent surgery to have a prosthetic lens implanted in his eye, which is known to be a standard, quick, and relatively simple surgical procedure that takes one to two hours, with the surgery itself taking about ten to fifteen minutes. The anesthesiologist and the Ambulatory Surgery Center were aware that the patient was diabetic and had a serious, preexisting kidney disease before his eye surgery began.
Risk of Anoxic Brain Injury During Surgery
Based on court records, during trial proceedings for the San Fernando Valley medical malpractice case, Mr. Mandell explained that the patient had a reaction to the anesthesia after the anesthesiologist put him under. Court files note that as a result, the patient went into a deeper state of sedation than was intended, which is unusual, but is known to occur. Because the anesthesiologist left the surgery room or otherwise failed to properly monitor the patient, it was established in court that the patient stopped breathing for enough time that he suffered an anoxic brain injury. This type of brain injury, also referred to as cerebral hypoxia or hypoxic-anoxic injury (HAI), occurs due to a lack of oxygen and is a serious, life-threatening injury that can lead to cognitive problems and disabilities.
Neglecting the Duty of Providing a High Standard of Care
While the Ambulatory Surgery Center claimed that everything surrounding the surgical procedure was done correctly, the plaintiff’s lawyer, Mr. Mandell, according to court documents, helped prove that the Ambulatory Surgery Center knew about and permitted this particular anesthesiologist’s tendency to leave patients under anesthesia unattended with nurses who are not trained or licensed to handle or treat sedated patients. In agreeing that the eye surgery patient received a low standard of care and was provided inadequate treatment not up to par with what he is expected to be given, court records indicate that the jury found the Ambulatory Surgery Center negligent. The Mandell Law Firm had previously reached a settlement with the anesthesiologist for his role in contributing to the eye surgery patient’s anoxic brain injury.
San Fernando Valley personal injury lawyer Robert Mandell has been protecting the rights of his clients in Southern California for over 30 years. Mr. Mandell and his legal team at The Mandell Law Firm assist individuals injured and family members of those killed in relation to catastrophic injury accidents, including auto and other accidents, defective products, medical malpractice, dog bites, environmental/toxic torts, and other serious incidents caused by another’s negligence.
Tseng v. Mazzocco Ambulatory Surgery Center
Case # LC084435
Los Angeles Superior Court Northwest
The Hon. Frank Johnson, presiding