New Mexico Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Alleges Failure To Honor DNR

A New Mexico medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that a New Mexico hospital administered a medication to the plaintiff that the hospital was aware that the plaintiff was allergic to, which resulted in the plaintiff suffering cardiac arrest. Then, the defendant hospital failed to abide by the terms of the plaintiff’s do not resuscitate instructions, which led to the plaintiff suffering permanent and debilitating pain.

The plaintiff suffers from Dercum disease, a extremely rare disease characterized by multiple painful growths consisting of fatty tissue known as lipomas. These growths occur mainly on the trunk, the upper arms, and the upper legs. The growths occur just below the skin and the pain associated with Dercum disease is often severe.

The Underlying Facts

The plaintiff went to the defendant hospital’s emergency department on February 5, 2016, for pain comtrol. The plaintiff alleges that she advised the emergency room personnel that she was allergic to Dilaudid. Despite such knowledge, the plaintiff alleges that she was administered Dilaudid by IV, which caused her to go into cardiac arrest.

The plaintiff further alleges in her New Mexico medical malpractice lawsuit that she had signed a DNR (do not resuscitate) directive and she wore a purple bracelet emblazened with “DNR” that was supplied by the hospital. Despite the DNR, the plaintiff alleges in her New Mexico medical malpractice lawsuit that the defendant hospital disregarded her directive and resuscitated her while she was in cardiac arrest. As a result, the plaintiff will be in pain the rest of her life and will incur medical expenses for future hospitalizations that are often associated with Dercum disease.


Dercum Disease

Dercum disease – also known as Adiposis Dolorosa, Anders’ syndrome and Dercum-Vitaut syndrome – is a rare condition that chiefly effects post-menopausal, obese women of middle age. Dercum disease is 20 times more common in women although 16 percent of the reported cases are in men. People who are not obese may also be diagnosed with the chronic disease.

Dercum disease consists of four primary symptoms: (1) multiple, painful, fatty masses; (2) generalized obesity, usually in menopausal age; (3) weakness and fatigability; and (4) mental disturbances, including emotional instability, depression, epilepsy, confusion and dementia.

The pain from Dercum disease can last for hours, can be paroxysmal (occurring only at certain times) or continuous, and worsens with movement. Dercum disease is often associated with generalized weakness, depression, and irritability, and can also be associated with early congestive heart failure, myxedema (a condition associated with severe hypothyroidism), joint pain, paroxysmal flushing episodes, tremors, cyanosis (bluish discoloration of the skin), hypertension (high blood pressure), headaches, and epistaxis (nosebleeds).


If you or a family member may be the victim of medical malpractice in New Mexico or in another U.S. state, you should promptly consult with a New Mexico medical malpractice attorney or a medical malpractice attorney in your state who may investigate your medical malpractice claim for you and represent you or your family member in a medical malpractice case, if appropriate.

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