When a close loved one dies, the surviving family may understandably face numerous struggles. They may question whether there was anything they or anyone else could have done to prevent the death. Unfortunately, the answer to that question sometimes is yes, and the fatality may have occurred due to negligence on the part of medical professionals. In such cases, families may have reason to file medical malpractice claims.
West Virginia residents may be interested in a case that recently came to a verdict. Reports stated that the situation began in 2011 when a 52-year-old man underwent surgery to address a ruptured tendon in his leg. After the procedure, the man began to exhibit distressing signs, such as shortness of breath and chest pain.
While in the hospital, the medical staff did not recognize that these symptoms pointed to a pulmonary embolus, and they did not conduct any tests to determine whether this could be the issue. As a result, the man died from a pulmonary embolism 50 days after the initial surgery. The surviving family filed a legal claim, and the jury recently ruled their favor by awarding them $3 million.
Situations of medical malpractice are often serious, and though every case may not result in a death, this case shows that it is a definite possibility. If West Virginia residents believe that medical negligence or other instances of malpractice resulted in serious injuries to them of the death of a loved one, they may wish to look into their options for legal recourse. Consulting with knowledgeable attorneys could help them better determine whether this course of action could suit their circumstances.
Source: mysuburbanlife.com, "Elmhurst man's family receives $3M verdict in Elmhurst Hospital medical malpractice case", Nov. 21, 2017