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Women claim medical malpractice took loved one's life

When people lose their lives as a result of a doctor’s error in Hawaii, the surviving family members may feel both grieved and frustrated. In one out-of-state case, a woman and her daughter have filed a suit against a clinic, alleging that medical malpractice on the clinic’s part caused their loved one to pass away. The man ended up dying of cancer that wasn't caught early enough, they claim.

The man’s widow and his daughter claimed that a cardiologist who was non-interventional treated the man back in 2009. They said he was later told to seen an interventional cardiologist. They said two cardiologists saw the man and proceeded to blood-test him.

The blood test results showed that the man was suffering from a condition known as microcytic anemia. However, the man was never told about this condition, the suit said. He did follow-up testing with an internal medicine doctor that revealed he had cancer of the colon. By this time, the cancer had spread to his liver, the women claimed. He underwent vigorous cancer treatments but ended up passing away.

The women in their suit alleged that the clinic was negligent in failing to realize how significant the man’s abnormal blood testing results were and not advising the man of these abnormal results. They were also negligent in not recognizing that the man had a high risk for having colon cancer and in not providing proper treatment, the suit said. When a person dies as a result of medical malpractice in Hawaii, the surviving loved ones have the right to file a wrongful death claim against the healthcare provider, seeking damages related to the incident.

Source: louisianarecord.com, "Family sues over alleged medical malpractice at Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute", Chelsea Partington, Aug. 21, 2014

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