Widow Receives Verdict Against Hospital

On November 9, 2010, Thomas Haskell, then 63 years old, underwent cardiac bypass surgery at Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) in Ellsworth, Maine. Due to complications, Mr. Haskell died four days later.

Postoperatively, Mr. Haskell experienced significant blood loss. Melodie Haskell, Mr. Haskell’s widow, argued the medical care EMMC provided to Mr. Haskell was negligent because he was not given sufficient blood to replace the blood he lost through bleeding. As a result, his vital organs were not able to properly oxygenate, which led to multisystem organ failure and his ultimate death.

The jury awarded Mrs. Haskell $400,000 in lost wages that her husband likely would have earned had he lived, $200,000 for the conscious suffering her husband experienced after the surgery, $800,000 for loss of consortium, and an additional $1,150 for the cost of her husband’s funeral. Maine, like Texas, has a statutory limit, or “cap;” Maine’s statutory limit on loss of consortium damages is $500,000. In conformation with the limit, the court reduced the amount by $300,000 for a total of $1,101,150.

When someone is injured or dies due to a health care provider’s negligence, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the party’s right to recover.

Medical malpractice is a difficult area of law as it requires an understanding of both the legal practice and the mechanics of medicine. Abraham Watkins offers a free consultation to anyone wishing to pursue such claims.