On April 21, 2015 John Alton settled an anoxic brain injury case for $2,100,000. The case involved negligence of nurses and Residents at a hospital following a thyroidectomy on a 72 – year old woman. Nurses and Residents noticed swelling and a progression of the swelling in the recovery room, but failed to monitor the patient more closely, and failed to notify the attending Surgeon.
Eight hours after the swelling was first noted, the woman had an arrest due to a compressive hematoma which blocked her airway. By the time the hematoma was evacuated, she suffered a severe anoxic brain injury. She was 75 years old at the time of the settlement, and has largely been cared for by her husband since sustaining the anoxic brain injury.”