The family of Daniel J. Ryan got some closure earlier this week when their Boston personal injury lawyer was able to settle their wrongful death lawsuit against Cape Cod Hospital. Cape Cod Online reports that Daniel J. Ryan died after being held down by hospital staff last year.
Daniel Ryan was restrained facedown on the floor by Cape Cod Hospital's staff after he was disruptive while visiting his wife. As a result of the scuffle, he fell into a coma on October 9, 2009. The Massachusetts Dept. of Health gave the hospital a citation for a federal violation of patient rights. In addition to this citation, the Massachusetts Medical Examiner's Office ruled that Daniel J. Ryan's death was a homicide.
While Cape Cod Hospital contended that Mr. Ryan was seen as a threat to the staff and patients, the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family's Boston personal injury attorney claimed that he suffered from brain damage, disfigurement, and loss of his bodily functions. It names the hospital's umbrella group as well as an unnamed hospital guard known as "John Doe."
While the lawsuit has been settled by Cape Cod Hospital for an undisclosed amount, the amount that is given will go to Mr. Ryan's wife and his two daughters.
Brain injuries are severe and can possibly be fatal; as in the case of Daniel Ryan. It can result from car accidents, falls, sports activities, and work related car accidents. If you or a loved one has suffered from an injury that you fear is a brain injury, talking to a Boston personal injury lawyer may help.