Louisiana Record reports that the family of a man who died from a heart condition is suing the local hospital that treated him. The family alleges that staff at the hospital misdiagnosed the patient's heart condition, and they have filed a suit against the clinic as a result. The plaintiffs are claiming the 55-year-old man, who suffered from hypertension and Hepatitis C, went to the emergency room complaining of stomach cramps and muscle aches and pains that staff diagnosed as the flu.
According to the family, lab results appeared to indicate that he was actually suffering from kidney failure, congestive heart failure and liver dysfunction; however, the staff focused mainly on his gallbladder. They believe hospital staff ignored the symptoms pertaining to the more serious heart problems.
Staff at the hospital conducted gallbladder surgery during which the man died. The patient's family is now suing for medical expenses, funeral costs and pain and suffering.
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If you or a family member suffered at the hands of a negligent doctor, a medical malpractice attorney may be able to provide some much needed assistance. At The Bowling Law Firm, we have more than 30 years of trial experience, and we always put our patients first. To speak to a malpractice attorney in New Orleans, give us a call today at 504-613-4561 to schedule an initial consultation.
ER Doctor Sued in Malpractice Suit
The mother of a man who died from fluid in his brain after a doctor sent him home from a local hospital is suing for damages. The plaintiff alleges that a doctor treated her son in the emergency room of a local hospital but that he failed to properly diagnose the patient's condition. She claims he diagnosed her son with vertigo and sent him home.
The patient later died, and the family believes it was due to the doctor's negligent diagnosis and subsequent treatment. They are now suing the doctor for medical malpractice and are seeking an unspecified amount for mental anguish.
Billions Spent on Medical Malpractice Suits Each Year
Statistics released by Forbes indicate that each year, Americans spend billions of dollars in medical malpractice suits. In 2012, claimants received more than $3 billion, which averages to one payout every 43 minutes. If you or a member of your family has suffered at the hands of a negligent doctor, you may be entitled to compensation associated with the mistreatment.
Each medical malpractice case is unique, and at The Bowling Law Firm, we treat each claim with the care and attention it deserves. If you need an experienced New Orleans malpractice lawyer to assess your case and establish whether you have a viable chance of success or not, give us a call. We can evaluate the specifics and work with you to bring some form of closure to you and your loved ones, so call us today at 504-613-4561 to schedule a consultation.