$1 million settlement for brain injury after routine D&C

A 60-year-old woman who suffered a serious brain injury after a routine D&C has received a settlement of $1 million, the full amount of the anesthesiologist’s insurance coverage. Before the surgery, the anesthesiologist recorded that the patient had a short, thick neck, which sometimes makes it more difficult to place a breathing tube for anesthesia. In fact, after he administered the initial anesthesia drugs, which sedate and paralyze the patient, the anesthesiologist was unable to intubate the patient. The woman was without adequate oxygen nearly 20 minutes before an adequate airway was finally created by tracheostomy. At the time of settlement, she remained in a coma and required full custodial care.