FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE AND WRONGFUL DEATH LAWYER
For over 40 years The Fitzgerald Law Firms have handled hundreds of failure to diagnose / medical malpractice cases and have achieved many substantial verdicts and settlements, including a $94 million dollar jury verdict–the largest medical malpractice verdict in the United States in 2002 (Lawyers Weekly USA ).
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FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE AND WRONGFUL DEATH CASE
The following is one of The Fitzgerald Law Firm’s failure to diagnose wrongful death cases with a jury settlement of $5,000,000:
A 27-year old accounting clerk, presented to the office of her private attending obstetrician, at 30 weeks gestation. Physician noted that decedent had excessive weight gain, protein in her urine, and edema. The physician instructed her to rest and return in 1 week. Six days later decedent presented to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, and was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia. She had hypertension, edema, protein in her urine, and elevated liver enzymes. Hospital records indicated that she had been suffering from headaches for 3 days. At the hospital, decedent was found to be less than 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced. There was no labor. Physician attempted to induce labor. He finally ordered a Caesarean section. Following the C-section, decedent still had elevated liver enzymes and had become thrombocytopenic. The physician left the hospital to go to his private office without arranging for coverage by an attending obstetrician, but instead left an inadequate plan of care, which was carried out by a first-year resident. By the next day, decedent was suffering from disseminated intravascular coagulopathy and began to suffer the death process. The records indicated that she was aware that she had given birth to a son. Decedent never saw her son before her death.
FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE AND WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT
When someone dies as a result of a doctor’s or hospital’s failure to diagnose, the patient’s next of kin has a claim against the doctor and/or the hospital for wrongful death. In most states the spouse, children, and parents are considered next of kin. Aunts, uncles, neices and nephews may also be considered next of kin. The wrongful death statutes vary from state to state and involve complex legal issues. It is important to consult with experienced failure to diagnose and wrongful death lawyers. At The Fitzgerald Law Firm, we have the experience and record of success you can trust.