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Eighteen-Year-Old Woman Dies After Suffering Cardiac Arrest and Brain Injury During Plastic Surgery

September 3, 2021

On August 1, 2019, an 18-year-old female went to a plastic surgery facility to get breast implants. During the procedure, the woman went into cardiac arrest. The facility rushed her to a hospital where doctors diagnosed her with a brain injury that resulted from a prolonged cardiac arrest. She was left incapacitated. In October 2019, she died from pneumonia.

The woman’s parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the plastic surgeon, the nurse anesthetist and the registered nurse. The lawsuit alleged the nurse anesthetist left the patient alone for 15 minutes after administering the anesthesia. A different nurse entered the room and found the young lady in cardiac arrest. The case claims that the victim went into cardiac arrest twice, and medical staff resuscitated her both times. For nearly six hours, the plastic surgeon allegedly told his team not to call 911. Eventually, the team called to have the teenager transported to a hospital.

Due to her cardiac arrest and resulting brain injury, the patient could not walk, talk or feed herself. She required medical and personal care 24 hours a day. The parents of the teen filed a lawsuit approximately two months after the injury; however, they changed the case to wrongful death when their daughter died. The parents reached a $2 million settlement with the doctor and nurse anesthetist – each is liable for $1 million.

In Michigan, a wrongful death lawsuit arises when a person dies from a negligent act or failure to act. The personal representative of the deceased’s estate brings the case on behalf of the persons designated by state law to receive compensation. The party must file the wrongful death lawsuit within three years from the date of the victim’s death or forever lose the right to bring the legal claim. As the plaintiff filing the lawsuit, the personal representative must pay court costs and other fees throughout the case. At the same time, are financial obligations outside of the suit, such as funeral and burial fees and the deceased’s outstanding bills. Litigation funding is an ideal option for financing during the lawsuit.  

Also known as legal financing, it is the service of borrowing money from a third-party financing company to cover expenses throughout the lawsuit. The funding company may directly pay the funds to the laws firm to cover attorney’s fees and other lawsuit expenses. The borrower may also receive the money to pay for personal expenses.

The borrower receives the money and agrees to repay the lender from the money won or settled in the lawsuit. The agreement places the risk of repayment on the third-party financier. If the borrower loses the case, the lender does not get the return of its money.

The process to apply is simple too. A quick application and submission of a few supporting documents by an attorney is all that is needed for a decision. Once approved, cash can be received in as few as 24 hours. Contact Litigation Funding Corporation online for more information and the link to apply or call 1.866.LIT.FUND

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