Losing a loved one is an emotional and devastating experience that no person wants to face. When a loved one is lost due to no fault of their own, the experience can become incredibly traumatic. Patient safety has become a top priority not only in hospitals in Oregon, but in medical facilities across the country. However, thousands of health care patients are injured or die each year due to medical negligence. Recently, a family of a deceased mother in another state was awarded $3.5 million from a settlement in a lawsuit.
According to the suit, the now deceased woman was admitted to a hospital after complaining of severe pain in her left arm. A cardiac evaluation was ordered by medical staff, as well as a cardiac catheterization to see if the woman had any blocked arteries. The plaintiffs claimed that the woman's physician cancelled the catheterization and failed to reschedule it. The catheterization would've been the only procedure to definitively show if the woman was suffering a heart attack, the lawsuit claimed.
The woman was discharged from the hospital, only to be rushed back to the emergency room via ambulance a few days later with pain in her left arm and shortness of breath. The lawsuit claims the emergency room physician failed to recognize the woman's life-threatening condition and diagnosed her with pneumonia. The plaintiffs claimed that, a few hours later, the woman suffered cardiac arrest and died. An autopsy later confirmed the deceased woman suffered an undiagnosed heart attack that lasted several days. The lawsuit was settled and the family was awarded $3.5 million.
Thousands of patients in Oregon and across the country die each year as a result of negligent medical care. Families who have lost a loved one due to medical negligence could benefit by seeking the services of a knowledgeable attorney. A successful lawsuit could result in a monetary award that can be used by families to cover the end-of-life expenses for their loved ones.
Source: thetimes-tribune.com, "Scranton family receives $3.5 million in medical malpractice settlement", David Singleton, Aug. 5, 2017