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Medical malpractice suit: UTI delayed diagnosis leads to death

Those who go to an emergency room in Washington, D.C. rightly expect to be seen by a doctor and treated for the illness or injury for which they sought emergency medical attention in the first place. They would likely not expect to be sent home, untreated and still ill, only to have to return again the next day with symptoms even more severe. Frighteningly, a recently refiled medical malpractice lawsuit in another state alleges that this is exactly what happened. Tragically, the medical center's alleged failure to diagnose the woman's illness resulted in her death.

On May 9, 2015, the woman apparently went to the ER at Middletown's Atrium Medical Center. Here, a physician's assistant is said to have performed lab tests, which came back with abnormal results. However, despite the irregular lab results, her fever of 102.2 degrees and her continued vomiting, the ER reportedly chose to discharge the woman less than three hours later.

The next day, when the woman returned to the ER because she was still feeling ill, she was apparently seen by yet another physician's assistant. This time, she was admitted to the hospital after it was determined her blood pressure was elevated and she had an abnormally high heart rate. Tragically, by the next day, the woman was dead.

The patient died from sepsis, a complication of an infection; in this case, the lawsuit alleges, a urinary tract infection that went undiagnosed and untreated due to error on the part of the physician's assistants. Her family is seeking compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $25,000 to help cover the funeral expenses and numerous other costs resulting from the woman's delayed diagnosis and subsequent death. Anyone in the Washington, D.C. area who has similarly suffered or lost a loved one due to a health care practitioner's negligence or error may benefit from the advice of legal professionals who have experience handling similar medical malpractice cases.

Source: daytondailynews.com, "Dead woman's family sues hospital, says she wasn't seen by doctor", Mark Gokavi, May 5, 2017

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