With Ebola showing in the United States, it has many residents concerned about their own health and safety. This past Thursday, the first Ebola victim in the United States died, leaving behind his family wondering if the failure to diagnose him with Ebola when he first went to the emergency room resulted in his delayed treatment and worsened condition.
The victim, Thomas Duncan, died this past Thursday at a hospital in Dallas. Duncan went to the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on Sept. 25. He was sent home with antibiotics. When those didn't work he went back to the ER and was finally diagnosed with Ebola on Sept. 30. It remains unclear why Ebola was not suspected when he first presented himself at the ER. His family says because of the delayed diagnosis he didn't receive any treatment or any experimental drug treatment until 10 days after he fell ill. By the time he started to receive the experimental drug, he was on a ventilator and his kidneys no longer worked.
When a person is not properly diagnosed with a medical condition it can lead to a worsened medical condition. In the case of Ebola, when a victim is not isolated from others, it can also lead to a spread of disease. A legal professional skilled in medical malpractice can help families determine what happened to their loved one. They can review medical records, consult with medical experts, and help review the victim's medical care. If a medical professional is found to be negligent, they can hold them responsible for their actions. Compensation is available for medical expenses, loss of wages, funeral expenses, and other damages.
With Ebola being a concern of many Americans, it is important for medical personnel to be aware of the issues and make sure there is no delay of treatment for victims. It has been found that the sooner these patients receive care the better chance they have of surviving this deadly disease.
Source: Bloomberg, "Family of dead U.S. Ebola patient question hospital care," Alex Wayne, Oct. 9, 2014