$3.3M Verdict for family of woman who died from fatal failure to diagnose

$3.3M Verdict for family of woman who died from fatal failure to diagnose

When a doctor, nurse or other health care provider fails to act within the standard of care expected, and harms a patient, they may be held responsible and be required to pay damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit. A common area of medical malpractice involves the failure to diagnose or the misdiagnosis of a patient’s condition. The failure to promptly identify and treat a patient’s condition can lead to devastating and potentially fatal, results.

In a recent medical malpractice lawsuit, a judge awarded $3.3 million to the family of a 23-year-old woman who died after the emergency room staff failed to take simple blood tests and determine that she was suffering from a rare blood disorder. The woman who had lupus presented to the emergency room with slurred speech, facial numbness and shortness of breath. However, the ER staff failed to take routine blood tests, such as the CBC and Chem-7 tests which would have revealed she had the disorder, and doctors could have begun treatment, the family asserted. Instead, the woman was sent home with no diagnosis. 32-hours later the woman returned to the ER, but by that time it was too late, the lawsuit alleged. Doctors were not able to properly treat the disorder, and she subsequently died from the condition.

The first step to helping a patient is to make a timely and accurate diagnosis. The failure to do so can have life long, catastrophic consequences, and in the worst case, be fatal.

For more information or if you believe that you or a loved one has been harmed due to a delay or mistaken diagnosis, please contact the dedicated San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.


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