Jahi McMath went in to the Oakland Children’s Hospital for what has been described as a “routine tonsillectomy” in an effort to treat sleep apnea. Following the procedure, McMath began to bleed profusely from the mouth and nose, entered cardiac arrest, cutting off oxygen to the brain, eventually leading to alleged brain death.
Few details regarding McMath’s medical treatment are known at this time. What exactly occurred during the operation and what actions or omissions occurred remain to be seen. While this tragic incident remains under investigation, it is possible a medical error occurred. More than 200,000 people are killed every year in the United States due to medical errors.
Medical errors kill more than 200,000 people every year in the United States. Victims of medical errors or their families acting on their behalf may have grounds to sue a physician and/or hospital for the death or injury. The primary factors to consider are whether a physician, the hospital or another medical professional acted negligently by deviating from the appropriate standard of care, and whether this deviation caused the injury or death of an individual.