When someone visits a medical provider for an illness, it’s assumed the individual will receive quality care and the necessary treatment, and rightfully so. Doctors and other medical staff in the state of Pennsylvania are required to undergo years of academic and professional training to properly care for patients. However, these health care providers are also human, and humans make mistakes. Unfortunately, when mistakes are made during treatment, the patient may suffer the consequences.
Lawsuit alleges medical negligence
Recently in another state, a man filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after he nearly died due to alleged negligence. According to the lawsuit, the man became ill and visited a walk-in clinic. He said he was diagnosed with the flu, released and instructed to return in 10 days if he didn’t improve. Three days later, according to the claim, the man’s symptoms worsened considerably so he visited a local emergency room.
Allegedly, a chest X-ray discovered that the man had pneumonia, sepsis and acute respiratory failure. Reportedly, the man was intubated and flown to a larger facility where he required a tracheotomy, was placed on life support and remained hospitalized for weeks. The lawsuit seeks to hold the walk-in clinic financially responsible for the man’s condition. It asserts that had he received the proper diagnosis and care initially, he wouldn’t have been left with permanent injuries. A jury sided with the plaintiff and awarded him $5 million.
Where can victims go for help?
Any time humans are involved in treatment, there will be a chance for mistakes and errors. Pennsylvania residents who have suffered injuries or the loss of a dear loved one as a result of medical malpractice may want to consider speaking with an experienced attorney. A successful medical malpractice claim could end with victims and/or their families receiving a substantial monetary award.