On March 16, 2016, Sommers Schwartz attorney Robert Sickels filed suit on behalf of the estate of a man who died following emergency surgery to repair a pelvic fracture. According to the complaint, the decedent was transferred to Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak for treatment of a large scrotal hematoma, open book pelvic fracture, and extraperitoneal bladder injury he sustained when he was thrown from a bucking horse. After the patient was wheeled into the operating room, the defendant anesthesiologist and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) administered a combination of Fentanyl, Propofol, and Rocuronium, and attempted intubation. The plaintiff claims that the anesthesia dosage was not appropriate for the patient’s height and weight, and that the anesthesia team failed to wait for the Rocuronium to take effect before attempting to intubate the patient. As a result of the defendants’ alleged professional negligence, the patient aspirated gastric content into his lungs, causing him to become hypoxic. Post-operatively, a tracheostomy was performed, and the patient continued to be ventilator-dependent. He remained non-responsive and hemodynamically unstable until he was removed from the ventilator and died a month later. The medical malpractice action is now pending in Oakland County, Michigan Circuit Court, and seeks damages for the decedent’s untimely death, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and loss of income and future earnings, as well as his family’s loss of companionship and support.