Family of retired sailor left in coma files medical malpractice lawsuit against naval hospital

A Florida medical malpractice lawsuit has been filed by the family of a retired sailor, claiming that he was left in a coma after what was supposed to be a routine diagnostic procedure.

On July 8, 2014, Retired Navy Chief Engineman Shon Hollis was supposed to undergo a colonoscopy and endoscopy at Naval Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida. Today, Hollis is in a vegetative state, residing in a nursing home and unable to talk, walk, eat or communicate, a condition that the lawsuit claims was caused by brain damage suffered as the result of oxygen deprivation during the procedures.

According to the lawsuit, Hollis had been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea in 2008, a condition that requires anesthesiologists to take precautions to reduce the risk of complications. The lawsuit alleges that even though Hollis was diagnosed with sleep apnea at Naval Hospital and received treatment there, the doctors performing his colonoscopy were unaware of his condition and failed to take precautions.

The lawsuit also alleges that the “rapid sequence intubation” and CPR that were used to revive Hollis took too long, depriving his brain of oxygen for 22 minutes.

According to Jennifer Zeldis, a Navy Judge Advocate General spokeswoman, in the past five years, Naval Hospital Jacksonville has had 13 instances of alleged medical malpractice that resulted in claims.

Florida NASCAR crash leads to traumatic brain injury for fan

A NASCAR fan who was struck by shrapnel after a crash at Daytona International Speedway in Florida is pursuing legal remedies for his traumatic brain injury.

On the last lap of the 2013 race, a collision sent Kyle Larson’s No. 32 car flying, and shrapnel was hurled into the stands, injuring fans. Allen Davis was seated in the upper deck of the stadium and suffered a traumatic brain injury after being hit in the head with debris.

Davis’ family released medical records showing that he suffered from a depressed skull fracture that required treatment in an intensive care unit. Doctors said that bone fragments from Davis’ skull lacerated the dura, which is the outside of the brain, causing his brain injury.

Davis’ injuries were the most severe consequences of the crash for fans, although 28 other spectators were also injured by debris.

According to Davis’ attorney, it was foreseeable that an injury like this could occur. The catch fence, designed to keep cars and car parts out of the stands, did not function properly when the crash occurred. One of the weakest parts of the catch fence is the crossover gate, which is a removable section that is taken out before and after the race to allow the fans to walk to the infield.

Representatives of Daytona International Speedway said that the track is making changes, such as changing the crossover gate and strengthening the catch fence.