Abstract In this paper we will review the medical malpractice case filed with the Brooklyn Supreme Court, Weber v. New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. I will discuss how this case is more than a medical malpractice case, that it is a case about change and how one father vows to change the way health care is carried out. I will also discuss the possible outcomes in this emotional case, as well as predicting the likely verdict in favor of the plaintiffs.
Weber v. New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital: A Story of Change
Damon Weber was an energetic, likable young man whose life ended at the young age of sixteen as a result of what his father, Mr. Weber, believes was a deviation from the expected standard of care at the hand of physicians at the New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital (Weichselbaum, 2012). As a result, Mr. Weber filed a medical malpractice suit on behalf of Damon against New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and the medical director of pediatric heart transplants, Dr. Mason. The case is currently being heard in the Brooklyn Supreme Court. We will take a look at the issues and parties affected in this case as well as the stakeholders involved. When the case is reviewed we will see how this is not just another medical malpractice case of wrongful death. This is a story of change and how one father takes on the “fiefdom” (Weber, 2012) of a world-renowned metropolitan hospital to vindicate the death of his eldest son.
Damon was born with a congenital heart defect where only one ventricle of the heart was formed and doctors at the New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital performed a life-saving “radical operation known as a Fontan procedure” (Brown, 2012). The procedure was performed in an effort to improve oxygenated blood flow to Damon’s heart. As a result of this procedure, Damon developed a
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