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Parents file malpractice suit, claim negligence killed daughter

Massechutes medical patients may be interested in a lawsuit was filed in Pennsylvania alleging that errors, short staffing, and negligence led to the death of a 26-year-old doctor in May 2013. The woman had a blood clot in her brain. The woman had just earned her medical degree two weeks prior to her death. The medical malpractice lawsuit was filed on Jan. 8 on behalf of the victim's parents.

According to the suit, the woman arrived at the hospital's emergency room on May 26, 2013 during Memorial Day weekend and said she had been suffering severe headaches that could not be helped with over-the-counter pain medication. She'd been experiencing the head pain for more than 10 days. She was also bruising easily. Doctors reportedly failed to take a complete history or perform a simple head imaging test, which allowed the blood clot to worsen for more than 40 hours before a test revealed the presence of the clot.

She was initially diagnosed with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. However, her blood work came back abnormal and a neurologist was not consulted to check for other causes. She was given pain medication but the staff failed to catch that she was using a contraceptive that increases risk of clotting. A CT scan was finally performed on May 28, and it revealed worrisome signs that indicated a possible blood clot. An MRI was eventually ordered, but by this point the woman's condition had worsened to the point where she had to be sedated. The MRI revealed a brain hemorrhage and the patient was taken to the ICU. The hospital didn't have an interventional radiologist available to break up the clot, so she had to be transported to another hospital. When she arrived, a scan revealed irreversible brain damage. The woman passed away on May 29.

When hospitals fail to provide basic care to patients, they or their families may be entitled to compensation. An attorney could provide information as to whether people have a case for malpractice.

Source: Times Leader, "Malpractice suit filed in young doctor’s death", Jerry Lynott, January 08, 2014

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