My brother recently suffered a medical emergency-a ruptured aortic aneurism. He miraculously survived the surgery, which lasted 6-8 hours. The surgeon said that had my brother's surgery been delayed just 2 more hours, he would have certainly died. My brother arrived at the hospital within a few hours of symptoms onset. It is our contention that, due to negligence
/incompetence of the attending cardiologist, his condition was not diagnosed - and appropriate actions taken - until almost 24 hours after my brother's admission. This made the operation much riskier and lengthier, and prevented him from being able to airlifted to the local heart hospital (they concluded he would not survive the trip). Miraculously, my brother survived the trip, due to the skill of the surgeon (flown in from the heart hospital) and to my brother's good physical condition (marathon runner) and age (57). However, due to the lengthy surgery and long time on a bypass machine, there was some anoxic brain damage. As yet, he is unable to speak, and has partial paralysis on his left side, drooping face on his right side. He is still in ICU...we have no idea how he will respond to physical therapy when he gets out. He is a contract engineer and has affordable care coverage. We have no idea how many of his bills will be covered. Depending on his path, he may or may not ever be able to work again.
My questions: Do we have any basis for a medical negligence
case against the attendant cardiologist/hospital? [I can provide more detail regarding this negligence; I left these details out in the interest of brevity]?
If yes, how would we find someone willing to take such a case? Would they take the case on "commission", as neither my brother, nor our family, have much money?
Thank you for your consideration of my questions.