A widow will received $1.775 million in a settlement for the wrongful death case she filed after her husband died during surgery at Piedmont Medical Center. The anesthesiologist and nurse anesthetist gave the man the wrong drug during heart surgery causing a fatal heart attack.
According to attorneys for Martha Cogan, widow of Herbert Cogan, Piedmont Medical Center will pay the bulk of the settlement — about $1.275 million. The remainder will be paid by an insurer for the doctors and other medical personnel involved in the case.
The family was not told by the surgeon how the man died. The cause was discovered after an exhumation and autopsy. His original death certificate listed natural causes as the cause of death.