Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Alleges Brain Damage Due to Nurses’ Neglect

Malpractice lawsuit alleges brain damage due to neglectA family recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Medford Multicare Center in Long Island, claiming that nurses at the center ignored medical equipment warnings lights for 24 minutes while the patient Robert Knowles struggled to breathe.

The warning lights indicated that Knowles' ventilator had become dislodged, depriving him of oxygen, CBS New York reports. Due to the oxygen deprivation, Knowles allegedly suffered brain damage and a seizure disorder as a result of the oxygen deprivation. The medical malpractice lawyer representing the family has also obtained surveillance footage of Knowles' room as evidence. This footage reportedly shows a nurse ignoring a warning buzzer and a warning light.

Knowles suffered a fall that left him a quadriplegic in 2007, the news provider reports. His mental faculties had been sharp, however, and he had been days from being sent home from the hospital when the ventilator incident occurred, the New York Post reports.

"My husband unfortunately was suffocating and nobody came to help him," Knowles' wife told CBS. "We’re hoping that people take a look at this and understand that if an alarm goes off, you have to respond," she said, referring to the surveillance footage.