Man declared dead twice; widow sues for malpractice

Pittsburgh-area residents expect that their doctor makes a timely diagnosis of what is ailing them and comes up with a treatment plan. They don’t expect that their doctor is too rushed to see what is really wrong and instead have a failure to diagnose a serious condition. A widow in nearby Buffalo is suing the medical center, ER doctor, and others for a failure to diagnose her now-deceased husband.

The man collapsed while shopping in October 2014. Bystanders performed CPR and he was brought to a local hospital. At the hospital an ER doctor stopped efforts to resuscitate him and declared him dead. His wife and children went in to see him and saw that he actually wasn’t dead. He was moving, responding and his eyes were open. When the coroner arrived, he refused to take the man because he wasn’t dead.

The man’s wife tried for over an hour to have the doctor come back in the room to see that he wasn’t dead. When the doctor finally returned almost three hours later he checked on him and found he had a pulse. He was then transferred to another hospital where he underwent heart surgery and died the next morning. An autopsy showed that he died of a heart attack and oxygen deprivation in the heart. That was caused by fluid in the lungs that were punctured.

Emergency rooms can often be places where medical malpractice occurs. Emergency room doctors can be rushed and not take the time necessary to determine what is really going on. If a family believes their loved one was injured by a doctor who didn’t perform a proper diagnosis, they may want to speak with an attorney who specializes in medical malpractice. An attorney can consult with medical experts, review medical records and get answers for family members as to what happened to their loved one. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

A negligent physician should be held accountable for his actions so that he doesn’t hurt anyone else. Families have the legal right to hold these doctors responsible.

Source:, “ER doctor wrongly ruled man dead, widow’s lawsuit charges,” Thomas J. Prohaska, Oct. 10, 2015