Doctor and medical facility sued for medical malpractice

Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Mar 06, 2012 in Doctor Errors

When in extreme pain, most of us seek care at our local urgent care or emergency room. Typically a doctor conducts an evaluation and additional tests are ordered to either confirm or rule out specific illnesses. This type of thorough work-up helps ensure doctors catch medical problems and properly diagnose any underlying conditions.

In a pending medical malpractice lawsuit , a widow is claiming that her late husband's doctor failed to catch and diagnose the existence of two pulmonary embolisms that ultimately lead to his death. The 46-year old man sought treatment for what he described as "flank pain". The doctor ordered a CT scan of the man's abdomen and he was then released without additional testing.

Nine days later, the man was rushed to a hospital in critical condition where a scan of his chest indicated he was suffering from a pulmonary embolism. The man died the next day. An autopsy revealed he died from pulmonary embolisms in both lungs that were several weeks old.

The man's wife has brought a medical malpractice lawsuit against both the medical center where her husband was initially seen as well as the doctor who she says failed to order additional tests that would have detected the embolisms and ultimately saved her husband's life.

The widow is seeking compensation in the millions, the bulk of which is tied to lost wages as, prior to his death, her husband held a prominent position with a Japanese pharmaceutical company.

Source: The Stamford Advocate, "Greenwich widow files malpractice suit against Tully Center," Jeff Morganteen, March 5, 2012

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