Man dies because hospital makes religion mistake

Many Pittsburgh residents have ideas as to what medical treatment they would like performed on them in an emergency. For some, religion plays a part in their medical decisions as well. But it is important for medical providers to be aware of what a patient’s wishes are and to make sure they do not make medical malpractice mistakes.

A family says a man is dead because a hospital made a mistake in not caring for him. The man was diagnosed with kidney failure but the hospital refused to treat him because they thought he was a Jehovah’s Witness. The man was diagnosed with kidney failure and 10 days later he was denied life-saving care because his medical records mistakenly said he was a Jehovah’s Witness. Medical personnel believed that religion prohibited the particular treatment he needed. The man died later that night. His widow is suing the medical center and doctors for wrongful death and medical malpractice.

The loss of a loved one due to medical malpractice is a sad and tragic event for families. No one expects a medical mistake will happen to them and families want answers as to what happened. A legal professional skilled in medical malpractice can help families get those answers. They can review medical records and consult with medical experts. They can hold medical professionals accountable for their negligence. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, funeral expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

A medical mistake can be deadly. It is important to hold medical professionals accountable for their errors so that they don’t harm anyone else.

Source:, “Religion mistake blamed for patient’s death,” Kevin Lessmiller, Nov. 12, 2015