The death of a spouse can be made especially tragic when it is unexpected. If the possibility exists that someone else is responsible for the spouse’s passing, it can be even more troubling. Connecticut families may be interested in the story of an out-of-state woman who lost her husband — in her opinion — as a result of the errors of medical professionals charged to his care.
Originally, the husband had gone to a medical facility that diagnosed him with sinusitis. Several days later, he returned saying he was suffering from shortness of breath and a cough, receiving a new diagnosis of pneumonia. His symptoms persisted and after a few more days he went to an emergency room, where he died from a heart attack after a nurse allegedly disengaged his respirator.
The wife is now pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit, saying doctors’ tests showed that her husband had a pulmonary embolism and they should have properly diagnosed him. She also says that the treatment he was given was inadequate. She has named the hospital where he died, the clinic that originally treated him and the attending emergency room physician in the suit.
If any families here in Connecticut find themselves in a similar situation, they may consider filing a medical malpractice claim against those believed responsible for the death of a loved one. A successful claim could result in financial compensation that may be useful in covering any costs that may arise due to the mistakes of medical professionals. It is unfortunate that any family should have to go through such trauma, but there are ways to see that those who appear to be responsible are held accountable.
Source: myjournalcourier.com, “Lawsuit claims misdiagnosis among factors in death”, Bre Linstromberg Cooper, April 24, 2014