When we enter the hospital we expect that the medical staff will do everything necessary to treat our condition. In some cases, the doctor fails to provide proper care. A man’s family is suing a doctor and medical facility claiming that their negligent treatment resulted in the man’s death. The lawsuit was filed against Rush University Medical Center and a doctor seeking damages in the death of the patient due to improper care.
Improper Testing Led to Cardiac Event
According to the complaint, the man visited the hospital and testing was done to evaluate his condition. The doctors did not request cardiac testing and therefore failed to diagnose a serious heart condition. The man was discharged and no further attention was deemed necessary to care for his heart. However, the man later suffered a heart attack and died. The lawsuit alleges that the doctor was negligent by failing to diagnose his medical problem at the time he requested hospital treatment.
Failure to Treat is Negligence
The failure to treat someone’s condition can be considered medical malpractice. Doctors are held to a high standard of care and are expected to take the steps necessary to properly diagnose and treat a patient’s condition. In this case, the proper tests were not ordered so his heart condition remained undiagnosed and untreated. Had the doctor ordered the correct test the condition would have been discovered and the man would have been provided proper care.
Cardiac Event Caused by Doctor’s Negligence
The doctor should have diagnosed and treated the man’s heart condition. The failure to do so caused the problem to worsen and ultimately result in a fatal attack. The doctor’s negligence caused or contributed to the man’s death from cardiac arrest. When a doctor does not provide proper treatment it can lead to serious complications or, as in this case, the death of the patient. The man was allowed to leave the hospital without the care needed to prevent future medical problems.
Mistakes made by doctors and hospitals cause thousands of injuries and deaths every year in the United States. In fact, medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. This is an alarming statistic. Doctors need to take care to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment of all patients. If a problem is not adequately diagnosed the patient should not be allowed to leave until further testing is done. In this instance, the man left the hospital without a satisfactory diagnosis.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Victims of medical malpractice or their families may be able to make a claim against the doctor or hospital. A lawsuit may be necessary to request compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. For example, additional damages could include money for loss of enjoyment of life. Each case is different so it is best to discuss the details with a qualified attorney. Contact Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation today.
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