Losing an immediate family member is a tragic event that no person wants to experience. However, when a loved one is lost due to medical malpractice, the experience can be absolutely devastating. Doctors and medical professionals in the state of Kentucky have an obligation to treat patients with care and perform their duties to the best of their abilities. These days, due to the hectic and chaotic climate of modern health care facilities, patients are often discharged prematurely to make room for other patients. This can have detrimental effects.
A husband in another state filed a lawsuit after his pregnant wife died as a result of alleged negligent care. Reportedly, the woman was admitted to the hospital with a fever and other flu-like symptoms such as an elevated heart rate, chills and difficulty breathing. Despite her symptoms, the lawsuit says no laboratory testing or chest X-rays were performed and the woman was discharged later that same day.
The plaintiff claims that his wife was again admitted to the hospital just two days later with the same symptoms. Tragically, she was pronounced dead only hours later. According to the lawsuit, her cause of death was influenza A pneumonia with streptococcal bacteraemia, septic shock and cardiogenic shock.
All hospitals and medical professionals are required to meet certain standards when it comes to caring for patients. Failing to adhere to these standards can have fatal consequences. Families in Kentucky who have suffered the loss of a loved one due to medical malpractice can take legal action. A successful lawsuit could result in vital compensation to help families get through this stressful and difficult time.