Becoming a physician in the state of Kentucky requires years and years of academic training as well as real-world experience. Despite these stringent requirements, physicians and surgeons are not exempt from making mistakes. When mistakes or negligence happen while caring for a patient, the consequences can be fatal. A medical malpractice lawsuit recently filed in another state alleged that negligent care led to the death of a woman.
According to the lawsuit, the woman visited the emergency room with signs of an infection, which included an elevated heart rate and a fever of over 102 degrees. The lawsuit claimed that an X-ray also showed that the woman also had pneumonia in her right lung. The woman also had a preexisting condition that left her immune system very weak, the lawsuit said.
A blood test known as a complete blood count (CBD) would have shown if the woman had an infection and what type of infection, but allegedly, a CBD was not performed despite the woman’s weakened immune system. The lawsuit said the woman was discharged and sent home with an oral antibiotic. The following day, she allegedly collapsed in her bathroom and was rushed back to the hospital. Tragically, she died a day later.
Every year, thousands of families across the United States are affected by negligent medical care. Families in Kentucky who have suffered due to medical malpractice could greatly benefit by seeking the services a knowledgeable and seasoned attorney. A successful lawsuit could result in a substantial monetary award to help families cope with the pain and suffering that often accompanies such a tragic experience.