No one ever expects to be the victim of a medical mistake. When Pittsburgh residents goes to the doctor they expect the doctor will be able to make an accurate diagnosis or at least spend time investigating what could be wrong. But, thousands of people become the victim of a failure to diagnose a medical condition or other medical mistake each year. One such victim’s family has brought a lawsuit that is set to go to trial next week.
In 2013 a young doctor died because of a medical mistake, according to her parents. The woman, who was about to begin her residency, was admitted to the hospital in May 2013 complaining of headaches and bruising. Her blood tests indicated the possibility of a blood clot but it was more than 44 hours later before an image of her head was ordered. The doctor that attended to her checked her blood work but didn’t notice anything significant. She died three days after entering the hospital with a brain hemorrhage.
Because of the possible medical oversight, her parents are suing the hospital and jury selection is to begin next week. The attorney for the family says the deceased show obvious signs of a blood clot that were not taken seriously until it was too late. In addition, the deceased suffered from an immune deficiency disorder that possibly should have been taken into account.
Unfortunately, a medical mistake can happen to anyone, regardless of background. A medical mistake, like a misdiagnosis, can lead to delayed treatment, a worsened condition or even death. If a family believes their loved one has been the victim of a medical mistake they may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney can review medical records and consult with medical experts. They can help get the answers that families deserve. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other expenses.
Source: thetimes-tribune.com, “Monday update: Medical malpractice trial over death of doctor set,” Terrie Morgan-Besecker, Feb. 22, 2016