When a doctor or nurse makes a medical error, the results can be tragic. That is why it is so important that they uphold certain standards of care. Every patient should be thoroughly evaluated and diagnosed according to those standards; still, mistakes are made. A heartbreaking medical malpractice lawsuit involving the death of a Philadelphia woman underscores this point.
A simple x-ray could have saved her life. Instead, a pregnant woman who went to the hospital with symptoms of pneumonia was misdiagnosed and sent home with antibiotics. This was the cause for a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of the woman, who later died from her worsened condition. If a doctor had ordered a chest x-ray the woman could have been diagnosed correctly and may still be alive today. When she returned to the hospital two days later she had to have an emergency C-section at only 6 months gestation. The woman was also treated for sepsis and acute respiratory failure upon admission to the hospital. Her baby survived; she did not. The defense argued that the outcome likely would have still been fatal even if an x-ray had been ordered. The jury seemed to feel otherwise, awarding approximately $2 million to the estate of the woman.
While no amount of money can compensate for the loss of a loved oneâ€”especially a parent of young childrenâ€”it can help to pay for medical bills and provide a better future for the children. Those who feel that a medical error resulted in death may want to discuss the details of their situation with a personal injury attorney.
Source: The Pennsylvania Record, â€œEstate of Philly woman who died from pneumonia after premature labor awarded nearly $2 million,â€ Jon Campisi, July 8, 2013