Sheriod Merritt was leaving a southern Walmart when a stray bullet struck
his jaw. Though the wound was not life-threatening, the 24-year-old father
left the hospital with brain damage.

A hospital spokeswoman told a local news station that “Merritt violently
awoke from anesthesia and fought with medical personnel. In the process,
… his breathing tube came dislodged.”

More specifically, says the medical malpractice law firm handling the case,
doctors proceeded to operate on Merritt’s jaw two days after the
shooting despite the fact his airway was still swollen and obstructed. The
anesthesia team then failed to follow the customary extubation plan, and Merritt
became “uncontrollable,” turned on his side, and yanked out
his breathing tube. He suffered
the brain injury while deprived of oxygen for 7 to 8 minutes as doctors attempted to reintubate
his swollen airway.

“[Merritt’s] combative behavior was foreseeable and if the
anesthesiologists followed their own [extubation] plan, Sheriod would
have been fine,” said one attorney.

Instead, he’s unable to talk, walk, or play with his son.

“I love you, Dad,” was the last thing Sheriod Merritt said
to his father, Patrick, before being rolled into the operating room.

A jury deliberated nearly two days before reaching the $17.5 million verdict.

Below, Cleveland brain injury
attorney Chris Mellino discusses whether you can sue an Ohio doctor for medical malpractice if
you are partly at fault for your brain injury.