Patient sustains anoxic encephalopathy as a result of thyroidectomy procedure.
The plaintiff in this case was admitted for a scheduled thyroidectomy. During the operation, an attempt at intubation failed and the patient began to desaturate. An emergency tracheostomy was performed with the trachea being noted as “markedly narrow” and displaced. After proceeding with the thyroidectomy, the patient then sustained an anoxic encephalopathy as a result. The jury awarded the plaintiff an amount above the policy limits for an additional $300,000 by way of a “high/low” agreement against the defendant. (Attorney William Lane handled the case.)