When we are sick we often require treatments and procedures that assist in the diagnosis of our medical problem. In one recent case, a woman died after a medical testing procedure was allegedly administered improperly. The woman’s estate administrator filed a lawsuit stating that the hospital and doctors were negligent by failing to provide proper care to the woman and thereby causing or contributing to her death.
Endoscopies are generally safe procedures that are completed to view and diagnose internal medical problems throughout the digestive tract. In this case, the woman underwent an esophagogastroduodenoscopy, EGD. The procedure is exploratory and is performed using a scope with a camera which is used to view the inside of the esophagus and stomach. The procedure is not supposed to be invasive. The procedure may be completed as outpatient surgery or can be completed in the ICU or emergency room using special portable equipment.
Complications from EGD
Most patients are not harmed by an EGD procedure. However, in some cases, complications can arise. The most common of these complications is bleeding, which can occur when the device rubs against the inside of the digestive tract. The procedure should not be performed on patients who are medically unstable or on those who are not able to willingly participate. The lawsuit in this instance indicates that the woman’s medical condition was not properly diagnosed prior to the procedure and complications occurred.
Doctors and specialists are required to provide a high standard of care to their patients. They must take care to ensure that they do not further harm them either through improper diagnosis or treatment, or the failure to do so. The woman’s condition in this case was allegedly not properly evaluated and thus the procedure was done when it should not have been. The lawsuit names two doctors along with Olympia Fields Hospital and others. The suit alleges that medical malpractice resulted in the woman’s injuries and death.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit
In cases such as this one, the patient suffered pain and injury caused by the negligent actions of the doctors. The injuries were deemed severe and permanent, according to the filing. The woman died about a month after undergoing the EDG procedure. The woman’s estate administrator is seeking damages that may include compensation for medical costs, money for pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life, among other items.
The lawsuit requests more than $50,000 from the defendants in the case. Many such cases are negotiated prior to going to trial. This can shorten the length of time it takes to receive money and can sometimes result in a better result. Each case is different and has a unique set of circumstances. These issues will determine the best way to move forward.
While you may not be thinking of litigation at a time such as this, it is necessary to seek justice for the negligent acts of the medical team. If your loved one was injured or died due to medical malpractice, call the skilled attorneys at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation.
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