The family of a man who died as a result of a heart attack filed a lawsuit against his doctor and hospital for alleged medical negligence. The man visited the hospital with complaints of chest pain and was examined by the doctor at Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital. The doctor diagnosed the man with possible esophagitis. However, the man died of a heart attack a week later. According to the lawsuit, the misdiagnosis caused improper treatment and this lack of treatment led to his death.
Misdiagnosis of Serious Heart Disease
In this case, the doctor misdiagnosed the man’s symptoms and failed to treat the man’s actual medical condition – atherosclerotic coronary artery disease. Esophagitis is a problem with the esophagus, which can have an associated symptom of chest pain. The doctor was negligent by providing an incorrect diagnosis which led to the man’s death. It is clear that further testing and diagnosis was likely necessary to provide the correct diagnosis. The lawsuit cites medical negligence that resulted in the injury.
Medical negligence is also known as medical malpractice. Doctors and other medical professionals are held to a high standard of care. They are supposed to know more about health than an average person because of their extensive training, education, and experience. When a doctor misdiagnoses a patient and the patient dies, there is usually cause for claims of medical malpractice.
The doctor did not use proper care in diagnosing and treating the patient and the misdiagnosis led to the man’s death. Had the doctor performed heart tests the man would have been correctly diagnosed and treated.
Identifying Medical Malpractice
Medical mistakes happen quite often. In fact, medical mistakes account for the third most common cause of death in the United States. Patients and their families may not always be aware that a mistake has occurred. Sometimes an experienced attorney will be able to review your case to determine exactly what happened. Serious injuries, sometimes permanent, can be the result of a medical mistake. Medical malpractice can also cause death. In this case, the doctor’s failure to properly diagnose the man’s medical condition ultimately resulted in his untimely death. Had the doctor made the correct diagnosis the man’s treatment would have been much different and he quite possibly could have survived.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Victims of medical malpractice and their relatives may be able to recover damages for the injuries sustained because of the mistake. Damages may include the medical treatment expenses, money for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and, in the case of a death, funeral costs. In this instance the lawsuit names the hospital, the doctor, and the doctor’s employer. Many situations such as this one cause concern for the care that we are receiving at hospitals. If you received negligent care that caused a severe injury you should not be responsible for the medical bills that resulted. A lawsuit may be necessary to recover the damages that you deserve. Contact the skilled attorneys at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case.
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