Wrongful Death Lawsuits Targets Failure to Properly Read Radiology Reports
A West Virginia man recently filed a $2 million lawsuit against at least 15 defendants in the 2010 wrongful death of his 43-year-old wife. The woman was admitted to the Winchester Medical Center (WMC) after complaining of severe stomach pain. She died three days later.
The wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the woman entered the emergency room in "excruciating abdominal pain”, but it took the ER doctors eight hours to order a CAT scan of her abdomen. The suit contends that WMC did not have a trained and qualified radiologist on-site to read or interpret the CT scans, so they were sent off-site for overnight interpretation. The suit further alleges that the scan, consisting of 230 slices of data, was read by the doctor in about eight minutes and again the next morning by an on-site radiologist. In both cases, findings were reported as normal.
Further allegations state that the patient was improperly administered sedatives that delayed diagnostic tests. Only after her condition worsened, doctors went down her throat at which time they discovered there was little blood flow to her stomach, a condition known as mesenteric ischemia. An additional test showed that all three major arteries from her heart were completely blocked; surgery was immediately performed, but it was too late. Every visceral organ such as the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, intestines and colon — were black and necrotic; the “foul stench” was overwhelming.
According to the plaintiff’s attorney, Daniel James, this tragic case may take up to three years to get to either a Winchester, Va., or Martinsburg, W.Va., court.” If you or someone you love has paid for a doctor’s negligence, if you are living with consequences of a misdiagnosis, or if a loved one died because of a doctor’s negligence, it may be important to contact a medical malpractice attorney.
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