A Pennsylvania medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of a man who died as a result of alleged medical negligence that occurred in a Pennsylvania hospital alleges that the defendant hospital and its staff altered her husband’s medical records, citing the six sets of medical records she was provided by the hospital, all of which were inconsistent and contained contradictions.
The lawsuit also alleges that the defendant hospital had sent only eighteen pages of her husband’s medical records to the regional medical center where her husband was airlifted from the defendant hospital, which records failed to note important medical information such as the sequence of heart attacks that the man had in the defendant hospital and that he had been without a pulse for a period of time.
The 44-year-old father of three had called his primary care physician on August 8, 2013, complaining that he was having difficulty breathing. He was instructed to come to the physician’s office the following day. At 3:00 a.m. on August 9, the man called 911 for an ambulance to bring him to the defendant hospital, where he was admitted in critical condition. His wife, who was out-of-town at the time, rushed to the defendant hospital, where she found her husband’s co-workers present, who allegedly were told private medical information regarding her husband’s condition. The wife arranged for her husband to be airlifted to the regional medical center, where he died two days later despite the extraordinary efforts of the medical staff at the regional medical center.
It was when the wife sought a copy of her husband’s medical records to discover the cause of his death that she and her attorney were provided with what they were told were accurate and complete copies of her husband’s medical records, on at least six occasions. A digital forensic examiner hired by the wife’s attorney examined the medical records that were provided and reportedly noted many inconsistencies and contradictions within the medical records that made it impossible to determine exactly the course of treatment that the defendant hospital had provided to her husband.
The wife’s Pennsylvania medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the defendant hospital and its staff engaged in an unprecedented pattern of neglect, fraud, concealment, and other misconduct consistent with evil motives and reckless indifference to the rights of her husband.
The Doctors Company, the largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurance company in the United States, notes on its website the importance of complete and accurate medical records: “Every medical malpractice suit can be won or lost based on the quality and content of the medical records. A suit without merit can be lost because the medical record was vague, incomplete, or altered. Conversely, a potentially damaging suit can be won because the medical record was precise, thorough, and accurate—and events were well documented. The Doctors Company is adamant about the critical need for every physician to maintain meticulous records.”
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