Adam’s parents finally did find one very good lawyer willing to take the case, if only out of sympathy and outrage. But as they moved forward, the defense lawyers’ strategy was one of endless delay and obstruction. They knew that every delay cost Adam’s parents’ lawyer out-of-pocket.
The parents’ lawyer, struggling even to get depositions for more than a year, finally had to drop the case because of cost. Adam’s parents refused a very small settlement that would have required them to remain silent about Adam’s death, and would have allowed the surgeon to keep the case a secret from future patients. The hospital stonewalled their efforts to speak to the staff and urge stronger patient safety rules.
Sarah says she will never overcome her grief of Adam’s death, and no one—not the surgeon nor the hospital—will have to answer for it.
Sarah and the experts who examined Adam’s case strongly believe that negligence occurred and that simple procedural rule changes would have prevented his death. But because the lawsuit cap almost always relieves medical providers of accountability, nothing is changed. The next child, and the next, could die as a result.
Like many other families, Adam’s parents did not file a complaint with the Medical Board. Although the Board is charged with keeping patients safe, it is better known for taking years to investigate, and protecting doctors’ licenses over patients’ lives.
Sarah is fighting for reform so that healthcare providers are held accountable for their mistakes. No child should die a preventable death in the hospital.