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Woman Dies After Pacemaker Surgery

In 2013, Hermelinda Toro (then 55-years-old) underwent pacemaker surgery at Stronger Hospital. Subsequently, she suffered several cardiopulmonary arrests, which resulted in brain injury and ultimately death. Allegedly, her artery was cut during the pacemaker insertion and the bleed was not quickly recognized. The surgeon had surgical performance issues and was placed on probation. It is also alleged the physician entered Ms. Toro’s medical chart several times after she died, although it was not possible to discern what, if any changes, were made.

County officials have requested authorization to settle the lawsuit for nearly $6.5 million. Counsel representing Ms. Toro’s estate has claimed Ms. Toro’s death was “a completely preventable tragedy in our minds.” The State’s Attorney’s office has requested settlement and the county’s Finance Subcommittee on Litigation has agreed to the recommendation. However, the decision will not be finalized until later in the year.

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.

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