The surviving family members of a 20-year old girl who died of heart problem recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit. The Times Tribune reported on the suit which claims that the hospital was negligent in treating the victim, leading to her death.
The victim-who had had a heart transplant 13 years earlier-was rushed to the emergency room after experiencing abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. The woman and her mother suspected that the symptoms were related to her heart condition. They explained to the doctor that when she was suffering cardiac problems her liver would become enlarged leading to stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting.
However, her doctor did not properly understand the situation and instead believed that a gastrointestinal illness was the actual issue. As a result, she was treated for two and a half hours for the stomach virus instead of her actual acute cardiac condition. She died shortly after. The lawsuit alleges that the woman should have been immediately placed on a heart monitor which would have revealed the problem. In addition, the hospital should have quickly contacted the victim’s cardiologist to better understand what was happening.
Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis like the one that occurred here can have fatal consequences. It is malpractice for a medical professional to fail to timely diagnose a patient with the proper ailment in situations in which a reasonable doctor would have made the correct diagnosis.
Our Illinois medical malpractice attorneys at Levin & Perconti remain committed to helping victims of senseless hospital mistakes like this one. Countless lives are destroyed each day because of negligent conduct on the part of doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, and all those who provide medical care. It is important for those wrongdoers to be held accountable for their conduct to ensure future victims are spared.
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