On October 11, 2019, an Alabama medical malpractice wrongful death jury returned its verdict in the amount of $9 million against an urgent care clinic, finding that it breached the standard in care in treating a patient that resulted in her death. The jury’s verdict was the largest ever in a medical malpractice case in Lee County, Alabama.
The Underlying Facts
In December 2014, the woman went to the defendant urgent care clinic, complaining of chest pain, coughing, and difficulty breathing. A physician examined her and prescribed an antibiotic, instructing her to return to the urgent care clinic if her symptoms worsened.
Two days later, the woman returned to the defendant urgent care clinic with similar complaints, but the severity of her complaints at that time were much worse. According to the plaintiff’s Alabama medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit, the woman’s vital signs were at a critical level at that time. She was seen by a physician at the clinic on his first day on the job, who allegedly did not have access to the woman’s current or prior medical records. The physician sent her home with an inhaler.
The next day, the woman died from blood clots in her lungs. The plaintiff alleged that the standard of care required the clinic physician to immediately have the woman transported by ambulance from the clinic to the hospital.
After the Alabama medical malpractice jury rendered its verdict in favor of the plaintiff, the plaintiff’s Alabama medical malpractice lawyer stated, “Hope’s death is tragic because it was entirely preventable. We don’t know the exact number of patients seen that day, but it was too many. Patient well-being, not profits, should be the primary goal of healthcare.”
The woman’s family issued the following statement after the verdict: “We are very pleased with the jury decision in the wrongful death case of our precious daughter Hope. We continue to feel her absence every day and pray this decision brings about much-needed change. Our chief desire is that this case will set a precedent that will prevent this from happening to another family or college student, not just in Lee County, but in Alabama as a whole.”
The defendant urgent care clinic states on its website: “We are a walk-in only clinic so that we are able to accommodate all varieties of patients. Auburn Urgent Care prides itself on the ability to see patients efficiently and effectively.”
If you or a loved one have suffered serious harm as a result of medical negligence at an urgent care clinic in Alabama or in another U.S. state, you should promptly find an Alabama medical malpractice attorney, or a medical malpractice attorney in your state, who may investigate your urgent care medical malpractice claim for you and represent you or your loved one in an urgent care medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
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