The surviving family of a former patient was recently awarded millions of dollars because of evidence that the patient’s doctor had been negligent in her care. At the time she passed away, the women was experiencing heart failure. She received a diagnosis of heart failure, sepsis and pneumonia, after which she was transferred to a care facility. Sadly, the woman died just four days after beginning treatment at the facility.
Evidence of negligent care
The family alleges that the doctor and other care providers should have been able to accurately diagnose the patient’s condition sooner. The claim is that with a careful look at her symptoms, the patient would have been able to receive the care necessary to effectively treat her symptoms and possibly extend her life. Maryland patients who do not receive care in a timely manner may also suffer serious health repercussions.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiff asserted there was sufficient evidence to suggest the woman was suffering from myocarditis. According to the claim, her original doctor never saw her after she was transferred to the facility. He does not practice there, and instead, the patient received care from other doctors.
Damages for a grieving family
Grieving family members have the right to seek justice if they believe the negligent actions of a medical care provider led to the preventable death of a loved one. In this case, the family fought for justice after a missed diagnosis and lack of appropriate care. The judge awarded the family over $6 million. This case is an example of how Pennsylvania families can pursue legal recourse when a medical care provider causes harm.