A 72-year-old Michigan man who had a history of heart problems went to a Michigan hospital on May 10, 2014 because he was having shortness of breath, heaviness in his chest, and a fever. A physician at that hospital had the man transferred to another Michigan hospital so that he could be monitored in a telemetry unit as an outpatient.
According to the family’s Michigan medical malpractice lawsuit, the medical staff at the second hospital failed to place the man in the hospital’s telemetry unit and failed to provide continuous cardiac monitoring. Early the following morning, a nurse found the man unconscious in his room. A Code Blue was called and cardiopulmonary resuscitation was attempted, including shocking the man’s heart five times. As a result, the man suffered a severe brain injury and he died on May 20, 2014. A physician informed the man’s family that the man suffered a heart attack due to sepsis.
The Michigan medical malpractice lawsuit was filed on behalf of the man’s widow and alleged that it was medical negligence for the defendant hospital’s staff to have failed to admit the man to the hospital’s telemetry unit and its failure to provide the man with heart monitoring. The medical malpractice complaint names an internal medicine physician, a nurse, and a physician assistant as additional defendants who allegedly failed to provide proper medical care that would have avoided the man’s cardiac arrest. The plaintiff did not specify the amount of compensatory damages that the plaintiff is seeking.
It is imperative that patients who arrive at a hospital with symptoms consistent with, or suspicious for, cardiac issues be carefully and adequately monitored so that any worrisome change in condition can be timely observed and appropriate medical intervention begun. Patients may have a false sense of security when they are placed in a hospital room, believing that they are receiving necessary observation, monitoring, and care for their situation. Patients with little or no knowledge regarding their medical condition and what may be necessary for them to be properly protected and treated may suffer unexpected injury or tragedy if timely and proper care are not provided.
If you or a loved one were in a hospital and experienced an unanticipated deterioration in your medical condition, a complication, an injury, or worse, the harm you suffered may be due to hospital medical negligence. It is imperative that you promptly contact a local medical malpractice lawyer in your U.S. state who may investigate whether you received proper hospital care consistent with the required standard of care at the time of your hospital visit and in light of your symptoms and complaints – sometimes a hospital patient is harmed by the negligence of the hospital staff without the patient having any reason to believe that he or she may be a victim of medical malpractice.
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