A West Virginia woman filed a wrongful death claim against a hospital after her husband died after receiving treatment in the ER. The wife also says that the doctors who were supposedly providing medical care were negligent and contributed to the circumstances that led to the man's death. The wrongful death claim was filed against Wheeler Hospital on behalf of the family of the deceased.
The man was at the emergency room, seeking treatment for problems from previous heart infarction and anemia. A few days earlier, he had surgery at the hospital to have a stent placed in his artery. He came back to the emergency room a few days later with pain in his arm and nausea. Doctors in the ER diagnosed him with an arm injury.
After the surgery and the subsequent ER visit, the West Virginia man was again sent to the ER for continued medical issues. Apparently, he was septic and was transferred to another hospital. He later died after attempts at resuscitation failed. The lawsuit asserts that emergency room doctors mis diagnosed his issues and that an examination into his medical history would reveal that his issues may have been heart-related. The wife is seeking damages from the hospital.
Doctors are not infallible, but negligence by healthcare workers is potentially very serious. In order for this lawsuit to be successful, the estate of the deceased must provide evidence in the form of witness accounts, medical record and other documentation. If there is enough to validate the claims made by the wrongful death claim, liability may attach and compensation could be granted to cover the cost of the pain and suffering of the family.
Source: The West Virginia Record, "Woman class ER doctors to blame for husband's death", Annie Cosby, May 5, 2014