Diagnosis-related negligence can be very harmful to patients. Such negligence can sometimes even result in a patient’s death. Thus, it is very important for medical professionals to not act negligently when it comes to the examining, testing and diagnosing of patients.
Recently, a case has arisen in West Virginia involving allegations of diagnosis-related negligence. The case involves a man who reportedly received care at a hospital in West Virginia in February 2011.
The man’s wife alleges that a doctor committed negligence in connection to this care and that the negligence of the doctor caused there to be a delay in the detection and treatment of a heart attack the man had.
According to the man’s wife, this delay caused the man to suffer a variety of injuries and ultimately resulted in the man’s death. The man died in May 2011.
A wrongful death lawsuit has been brought by the man’s wife in a court in West Virginia against the above-mentioned doctor in connection to these allegations. It has been reported that punitive and compensatory damages are being sought in this lawsuit. It will be interesting to see what happens in this wrongful death case and how it is ultimately resolved.
As the allegations in this case underscore, diagnosis-related negligence can sometimes have fatal results. Thus, one hopes that medical professionals are held accountable when they commit harmful diagnosis-related negligence. No patient should have to suffer harm or lose his or her life because a medical professional failed to act properly.
Source: The West Virginia Record, “Woman sues physician for husband’s death,” Kyla Asbury, Oct. 16, 2012
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