A recent case in a state outside Hawaii involves a diagnostic procedure apparently gone wrong, according to a woman who has filed a lawsuit in relation to the incident. She has claimed negligence against a medical center and several doctors in a judicial district court. According to the woman, she is the closest surviving family member of the man who died after being in the care of the defendants in the case.
The plaintiff is the grandmother of a man who underwent a diagnostic procedure at a medical center after reporting that he was suffering from severe abdominal pain and other digestive issues. Reports indicate that the woman’s grandson was diagnosed with an obstructed bowel. Medical staff is said to have taken steps to hydrate the man intravenously.
The woman has asserted that a malignant tumor of the bowel was discovered after a series of tests on her grandson and that those conducting the diagnostic procedures perforated his bowel, causing a pulmonary embolism that led to his death. In her claim, she alleges that the medical professionals who performed the invasive tests on her grandson were negligent and therefore should be held liable for medical malpractice. She is seeking compensation for damages associated with severe injuries and wrongful death, as well as survival damages.
As in this case, an immediate family member who loses a loved one in Hawaii is able to file a legal claim when the death is believed to have been caused by medical negligence. The first logical step in the process would be to contact an attorney in the area to discuss the details of the case and the events leading up to the family member’s death. A patient who survives an injury or illness after hospital negligence or doctor error, is entitled to pursue legal action on his or her own behalf.
Source: louisianarecord.com, “Medical malpractice claim filed against Ochsner, doctors over patient’s death“, Kyle Barnett, July 21, 2015