Many health problems will demonstrate some type of symptom that will let people know they need to see a doctor. Even if these individuals appear relatively healthy, it is up to the doctors to perform the procedures necessary to rule out potentially serious health concerns.
Occasionally, medical professionals will fail to meet the standard of care that they should be providing to their patients. When this happens, it is possible that the patients may have a medical malpractice claim. This allows individuals to recover compensation for injuries that resulted due to the physician’s negligence. A recent case shows the tragic consequences that can arise when physicians fail to meet their obligations.
The case concerned a New Hampshire man who had been experiencing health problems. The man had fainted twice at work, and had visited the doctors on at least three occasions after these incidents. The suit alleged that the doctors failed to perform cardiac tests on the individual during these appointments.
After the man passed away, an autopsy was performed. A lesion was found on the man’s heart. The individual’s family believed that if the normal tests had been performed, this would have been discovered.
At trial, the jury sided with the doctors, and declined to award the plaintiffs compensation. A special panel that reviews medical malpractice cases in that state overturned the jury’s verdict, finding the doctors negligent. The plaintiffs were able to recover damages due to the actions of the doctors.
Those families who have suffered due a physician’s negligence may wish to consult an experienced medical malpractice attorney regarding their potential claims. They may be able to recover compensation for their injuries. These cases will often require the testimony of experts to establish that the doctors were negligent, as it may be difficult to show that the actions of the physicians lead to the injuries or death that resulted.
Source: New Hampshire Union Leader, “Jury overrules panel, awards malpractice verdict in son’s death,” Mark Hayward, June 12, 2013.