The client, an 82-year old man with a history of congestive heart failure, was admitted to a hospital for monitoring after an automobile wreck. The client’s children alleged that there was a lack of monitoring during the hospital admission and the patient died of congestive heart failure due to the nurses’ negligence in properly monitoring the patient. Although the patient was found complaining of shortness of breath, the nurses failed to take any action to resolve his discomfort and the patient was found unresponsive approximately 25 minutes later and died.
At the end of an eight-day trial, the jury found for the plaintiffs and awarded $700,000 to the decedent’s three adult children. The jury verdict was reduced to Louisiana’s $500,000 medical malpractice act cap. The matter was settled before appeal.