Medical errors can be devastating to Connecticut patients who are unlucky enough to experience them. They may result in serious injury or even death. Recently, two hospitals were accused of a failure to diagnose a woman’s condition, and their errors may have allowed her to die. This isn’t the first time these hospitals have been accused of negligence, as they were involved in a story that we reported last month.
This latest incident involves a woman who was experiencing serious headaches. She went to the two hospitals several times over the course of two weeks, but was sent home on every occasion except her last. The hospitals are accused of not testing for and finding a blood clot in her brain. She was administered a CT scan at one point, but attorneys on her behalf say that it was not read properly. She ultimately suffered a brain hemorrhage and died.
As previously reported on our blog on Jan. 14, 2014, titled “Young doctor dies after failure to diagnose”, these two hospitals also allegedly neglected to properly care for another woman who died from a blood clot. Lawsuits are being pursued in both cases by the surviving families of these women. There is no word on whether authorities are investigating the hospitals further due to the similarities in these cases.
The failure to diagnose by a medical professional is a mistake that can cost patients their lives. Even though both of these cases occurred out of state, families here in Connecticut can learn from these sad stories. If a family finds themselves in a similar situation, the best course of action may be to bring a medical malpractice claim against those responsible. A successful claim could offer victims and their families monetary compensation that could be used for recovery, unpaid medical bills, funeral costs or other expenses. Hopefully, if these actions are needed, they might help families heal and move forward with their lives.
Source: citizensvoice.com, Geisinger hospitals accused of negligent care, Bob Kalinowski, Feb. 6, 2014