$30 Million Awarded to Doctor’s Family
A jury in Columbia, South Carolina, awarded $30 million to the family of a man who died after routine surgery.
Dr. Asif Sheikh received double knee-replacement surgery in 2002 and in less than 20 hours after the operation, he was pronounced dead.
Geoffrey Fieger, the family’s lawyer, said that the doctor’s death was due to a “lethal cocktail of narcotics delivered to Sheikh during a routine operation.”
The jury ruled that the hospital, Lexington Medical Center, and the anesthesiologist, Dr. Gail Capell, were responsible for the death of Sheikh, who was 58 years old. Dr. Tom Gross, the surgeon who was also named in the suit, was cleared of any liability for Sheikh’s death.
The hospital is required to pay $270,000 of the award. Dr. Capell is responsible for the remainder of the compensation.
Lawyers said that the $30 million award was perhaps the largest handed down in a medical malpractice suit in the state.
Case officials said it was unclear whether the defendants, Dr. Capell and Lexington Medical Center, were planning to appeal the decision.
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