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An article in today's Dayton Daily News reveals that the family of astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, reached a $6 million settlement with Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital over his wrongful death in 2012. Mr. Armstrong's two sons split $5.2 million, while the remaining funds were divided between his siblings and grandchildren. According to court documents, Mr. Armstrong underwent a heart bypass surgery. The doctors put wires in his heart to help regulate his heartbeat. After a nurse removed the wires, he began to bleed. They decided to take him to the catheter lab instead of directly to the operating room. According to the experts hired by the Armstrong family, this decision directly lead to his wrongful death. The family, of course, was devastated at the loss of their beloved family member and national hero.
The article points to a 2016 study by Johns Hopkins hospital which found that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Medical errors are actually ahead of accidents in terms of number of wrongful deaths each year. The study estimates that more than 250,000 wrongful deaths occur each year that are directly caused by medical errors. If you have lost a loved one due to a medical error, let us help you evaluate whether or not this could be pursued as a wrongful death case. Call The O'Keefe Firm at 937-643-0600 for a free wrongful death consultation.