Medical professionals should be among the most trusted people as patients must often put their lives in the hands of these individuals. Even when West Virginia residents feel confident in a doctor's abilities, that professional could still make mistakes that lead to patient suffering. When mistakes, failure to diagnose and other issues cause harm or death, medical malpractice claims often come about.
It was recently reported that a family in another state has taken legal action against a hospital after a loved one's death. The family believes that the doctors and hospital staff were negligent in the treatment of an 88-year-old woman who had been admitted to the hospital after issues relating to a fever and oxygen deficiency. The diagnosis associated with the woman's admittance was a urinary tract infection, but staff members were apparently not aware that she also suffered from various other conditions.
After days in the hospital, the woman became unable to eat and fluid was accumulating into her lungs when she breathed. Though her condition had not improved, hospital staff moved to discharge the woman from care. This initial release was delayed a day at the request of the woman's daughter, and after her later release, she had to return to the hospital. The woman obtained a proper diagnosis and was sent into hospice care, but she died while in that care just days after returning to the hospital.
When a family member does not receive the necessary care while in a hospital, it can feel immensely disheartening to loved ones. The situation only becomes worse when that lack of care contributes to the person's death. If West Virginia residents have lost loved ones under similar circumstances, they may want to consider learning more about medical malpractice claims.
Source: poconorecord.com, "Family files suit against LVH-Pocono", Howard Frank, May 8, 2018