Nearly six years after an out-of-state man allegedly suffered heart damage, an out-of-state jury recently began the process of deliberation to answer the question of who will be held accountable for the man’s injury. The man alleges he suffered heart damage due to the fact that a local hospital failed to send his blood test results to his doctor. When Pennsylvania individuals believe they are medical malpractice victims, typically, they seek out the help of an experienced personal injury attorney in order to gain legal guidance.
The suit was filed in 2012. The 71-year old man and his 63-year-old wife sued the hospital, the man’s physician and the regional hospital where the doctor is employed. The man was admitted into the emergency room on May 31, 2010, after which a blood test was ordered. The couple claims, however, that those results were never sent to his doctor — even after the man repeatedly complained, the doctor never requested them.
The suit goes on to allege that roughly eight months later emergency heart surgery was performed on him at a regional medical center in Maine. The was done in an attempt to repair heart damage that the couple alleges could have possibly been avoided if his treatment had begun when his blood test was completed. The hospital admitted to making a mistake. The attorney representing the couple estimated that the incurred damages total between $3 million and $3.7 million — this includes almost $294,000 in medical expenses, and the remainder was allocated for his pain and suffering.
When Pennsylvania patients suffer injuries or die due to healthcare professionals’ negligence, the victims — or, in the event of their death, their loved ones — typically are within their rights to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the party or parties believed to be responsible. If successfully presented, this type of claim may result in the entry of a monetary judgment to account for any documented financial damages incurred. Medical malpractice victims are encouraged to seek experienced legal counsel in order to assess the validity of any and all legal claims as well as to advocate on their behalf in pursuing claims for financial relief.
Source: bangordailynews.com, “Millinocket couple’s medical malpractice lawsuit goes to jury“, Judy Harrison, Jan. 27, 2016