Pennsylvania residents place an enormous amount of trust in their healthcare providers. Although the providers are highly-trained, mistakes are sometimes made that can unfortunately have a drastic effect on a patient’s life. When a healthcare worker’s negligence is proved to have been a factor in causing further injury, worsening of the condition, or even death, sometimes the patients or their loved ones seek to file medical malpractice suits.
A recent medical malpractice suit in another state has resulted in $3 million being awarded to the estate of a deceased man. The jury decided that the man’s death was the result of medical malpractice. They found that his death could have been prevented, had his doctors paid closer attention to his test results.
According to the lawsuit, the man had been suffering from a progressive heart condition. As the result of an echocardiogram, he was referred to a cardiologist. The cardiologist never looked at the echocardiogram and instead performed a stress test, which showed that there was not any defect but that heart function had been reduced. The man’s condition eventually worsened and he was admitted to a medical center, where doctors deemed that the necessary valve replacement surgery was too risky. The patient died.
When an unfortunate mistake occurs in the realm of medicine, it can result in serious injury or even death. When this is the case, victims in Pennsylvania can file medical malpractice suits, which can help recover some of the financial damages as well as assess punitive damages to the guilty party. A personal injury attorney who has experience with medical malpractice suits is often enlisted to establish if there is a viable case as well as defend the victim’s rights in a court of law.
Source: ctnow.com, “Jury awards $3 million in medical malpractice case“, CHRISTINE DEMPSEY, June 26, 2015