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Crosley Law Helps Victim of Negligent Hospital

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A Promising Recovery Takes a Turn for the Worse

While on a work trip in Mount Pleasant, Texas, John experienced symptoms of a heart attack and went to the hospital for heart bypass surgery. John’s surgery was successful, and he was soon in stable condition, chatting with his family and on his way to a full recovery.

Then, he suddenly suffered catastrophic injuries due to a suspicious air embolism that reached his brain. Large air embolisms can cause strokes, heart attacks, respiratory failure, and even death.

Although John survived, he is now in a vegetative state. Unable to talk, walk, or even feed himself, he will never regain any semblance of a normal life. He will require extensive medical care for the rest of his life, and whether he receives in-home care or goes to a care facility, both options are priced in the millions for a lifetime of care.

His family was devastated. They had John back, and then he was taken from them.

Attempting to Prove that Negligent Hospital Practices Resulted in John’s Brain Damage

Air embolisms are not common. Depending on the procedure, the chances of a patient suffering from this issue are almost always less than 1%. In particular, the chances of an air embolism from a bypass surgery like John’s are between 0.003% and 0.007%, and only 50% of those who experience an air embolism suffer adverse outcomes.

This should have raised a red flag at the hospital, but it didn’t. Even more remarkable is the fact that over the course of seven months, there were multiple documented incidents of air entering a patient’s IV while one specific hospital employee was present.

John’s family deserved to know what happened, and why, and they turned to Crosley Law to seek justice for the wrong done to their beloved husband and father.

As Attorney Tom Crosley explained, “John’s brain damage was catastrophic. He and his family deserved a full and complete investigation, which is what we tried to provide them.”

The legal team at Crosley Law pored over thousands of pages of hospital records, and hired some of the state’s most respected medical experts to review John’s case. Through in-depth research and investigation, Crosley Law was able to get John and his family the justice they deserved while John was unable to fight for himself.

Crosley Law Helps John’s Family Get the Justice They Deserve

Tom Crosley oversaw the mediation process between John’s family and the hospital as the Crosley Law team fought to get justice for their suffering and the lifetime of challenges they will face. As part of Crosley Law’s investigation into the long-term effects of John’s condition, the firm worked with a team of medical experts to develop an accurate projection of John’s future medical costs over the remainder of his lifetime. Their calculations suggested that John’s care would be a massive financial burden to his family.

Crosley Law was able to negotiate a confidential settlement of John’s legal claims against the hospital, and a trust was created to help provide long-term care for John. His family was very pleased with Crosley’s dedication to their case.

Through in-depth research and investigation, Crosley Law was able to get John and his family the justice they deserved while John was unable to fight for himself.

Crosley Law Uses Cutting-Edge Legal Strategies for Victims of Negligence

The attorneys at Crosley Law know that a carefully investigated claim and a well-crafted legal strategy can have an enormous effect on the value of a case. That’s why we go the extra mile for every one of our clients. If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries and you think someone else was at fault, contact us today. You can schedule a free consultation with one of our Texas injury attorneys by calling 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000 or completing our simple online contact form.


Gordy, S., & Rowell, S. (2013, March). Vascular air embolism. International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science 3(1), pp. 73-76. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3665124/

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