A medical malpractice case filed against a Pennsylvania hospital and others alleges that the negligent failure of at least five doctors to properly assess the medical condition of a man who came to the hospital’s emergency room complaining of constipation and abdominal pain led to his death nine months later due to his undiagnosed and untreated hernia.
The Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawsuit, which was filed on May 13, 2016 against two hospitals, a medical practice, and numerous doctors, alleges that the man had gone to the defendant hospital’s emergency room in October 2013, where a CT scan was obtained that the plaintiff alleges a reasonably competent radiologist viewing the scan should have recognized the warning signs for a hernia yet a hernia was neither identified nor diagnosed. The man was discharged from the hospital without the proper diagnosis or treatment, despite his history of having undergone a gastric bypass procedure in 2004, according to the Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawsuit.
The man sought diagnosis and treatment from various doctors over a period of months after his initial hospital visit but the doctors failed to properly diagnosis a hernia as the cause of his continuing complaints. The man lost 80 pounds (forty percent of his body weight) by March 2014, yet his medical condition still was unidentified by his medical providers, despite his severe abdominal pain, especially after eating. The man died on July 12, 2014, due to septic shock and organ failure as a result of his undiagnosed hernia, according to the plaintiff’s hospital medical malpractice lawsuit.
The plaintiff alleges that had the defendants timely and properly diagnosed the man’s hernia, which was an easily treatable medical condition, he would have received proper medical care that would have avoided his unnecessary death.
Sometimes the single act or omission of a single medical provider is the medical negligence that leads to a patient’s avoidable harm. Other times, the medical negligence and failures of multiple medical providers, acting in concert or alone, lead to unnecessary injuries suffered by patients. Often, if a single link in the chain of medical negligence had been broken by a medical provider complying with the applicable standard of care, the patient’s harm due to medical malpractice would have been limited or eliminated.
In the Pennsylvania medical malpractice case that was filed on May 13, 2016, it appears that had the radiologist who read the man’s CT scan during the initial hospital visit properly suspected the man had a hernia and advised the attending physician that a hernia needed to be clinically ruled out as the underlying cause of the man’s physical symptoms, the man’s hernia may have been timely and properly diagnosed and treated, thereby avoiding months of excruciating abdominal pain, massive weight loss, and death. Likewise, if the doctors the man saw after his initial hospital visit properly ordered the appropriate testing that would have led to the diagnosis of hernia, then the man’s hernia could have been effectively treated.
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