22 Dec Bass v. Stabler
Butler County Circuit Court Verdict of $650,000
A patient undergoing a routine laryngotomy had a breathing tube inserted in her, but the doctor failed to pull out a plastic piece, the stylet, that allowed the patient to breathe out as well as in. As a result of this failure, the patient’s lungs basically exploded with air. The patient still could have been saved had the doctor been able to perform a needle thoracotomy, but the doctor was not qualified to do so, and he waited 15 minutes before getting another doctor who was qualified in the procedure to perform it. Consequently, the patient died. We represented the family of the dead patient, who sued Dr. Stabler for medical malpractice.