A lawsuit was filed on behalf of the estate of a woman who died as a result of alleged medical negligence. The woman was a patient of Primary Care Joliet and the suit names this facility as well as the doctor and nurses who provided care. The patient died in 2013 after suffering a heart attack. According to the lawsuit, the doctor and other medical professionals knew about the patient’s elevated blood pressure but did nothing about it. Further, they discouraged her from getting treatment elsewhere for hypertension. The hypertension was noted on more than one occasion, yet no treatment was rendered for it.
Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are held to a high standard of law and are required to provide proper care. Malpractice may include giving the wrong care, or as in this case, failing to treat a patient. Medical malpractice is a common occurrence and diagnosis errors alone could make up 160,000 deaths each year. In this situation, the medical staff did not treat the patient for hypertension, which is known to be a leading cause of heart attack. Indeed, the woman subsequently died from a heart attack, even after asking her doctors about treatment for high blood pressure.
Legal Recourse for Medical Malpractice
In many cases, medical malpractice may be actionable. A plaintiff must prove that the doctor or facility was careless or negligent and did not provide proper care. Generally, the injury suffered must be serious in order to bring a lawsuit. For example, if the doctor did something wrong but the patient was not harmed as a result, then no damages have been incurred. However, in many such cases, severe injuries do occur due to improper medical treatment or failure to treat. In this case, the patient specifically asked her doctor if she should see a specialist for hypertension and was told that it was not necessary.
Responsibility of Doctors
Because of their position, education, and training, doctors are expected to provide a high standard of care to their patients. They must not only provide the correct treatment but must also provide a correct diagnosis. Additionally, they are responsible for ensuring that treatment is given if necessary. This case seems to show that the doctor was negligent in treating the woman and the lawsuit will proceed.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
When medical errors occur the result can be devastating. This case demonstrates that even a relatively young woman of 50 can die because of a doctor’s negligence. If you or a loved one is the victim of malpractice you need to speak to an attorney with experience with this type of litigation. Your lawyer will review the details of the situation and help determine whether the case should move forward. If the doctor is negligent you may be able to recover money for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and future doctor costs. In some cases parties may reach a settlement while others are resolved in court. If you or someone you love has been hurt due to the negligent actions of a medical professional, contact the skilled lawyers at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case.
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