On April 30, 2014, attorney Charles Ash obtained a settlement in the amount of $250,000 for the estate of a woman who died as the result of hospital malpractice stemming from staff miscommunication and a negligent delay in treatment. The patient had undergone heart surgery and was discharged on blood thinners, but returned to the hospital’s emergency room two days later to address severe gastric intestinal bleeding. The ER staff requested blood products for her, but the order was never filled because the blood bank staff when home sick without any coverage. The patient ultimately bled to death in the ER. The matter was resolved without the need to file a formal lawsuit.