On December 23, 2013, a Louisiana medical malpractice lawsuit was filed by a woman on her own behalf and on behalf of her two minor children for the death of her husband that was due to alleged medical malpractice that occurred in a hospital emergency room on two separate occasions.
The medical malpractice case against the emergency room doctor seeks unspecified damages for the husband’s fear of his impending death, his medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and for the loss of support, love, and affection suffered by the wife and their two minor children and for the wife’s loss of consortium.
The Underlying Facts
On August 6, 2011, the man had gone to a local hospital’s emergency room with complaints of abdominal pain that radiated into his jaw and mouth that he rated as 10 out of 10. The man was evaluated in the emergency room for a cardiac event but was subsequently diagnosed with heat exhaustion and then sent home. Not feeling any better, the man again went to the emergency room the next day where he was once again evaluated for a heart attack but this time he was diagnosed as having a stomach flu. He was again discharged from the emergency room to home.
Hours after arriving home after his second discharge from the emergency room in two days, the man collapsed at home and was rushed by ambulance to the hospital where he was found to have a tear in his aorta for which he underwent emergency surgery. He was in a coma following the surgery and he died the following day.
The Louisiana medical malpractice lawsuit named the emergency room physician as the medical malpractice defendant, alleging that he negligently failed to admit the man to the hospital from the emergency room, he negligently failed to properly monitor the man while the man was in the emergency room, he negligently failed to properly evaluate the man’s condition, he negligently failed to order the proper medical testing, he negligently failed to formulate an appropriate differential diagnosis based on the man’s complaints, and he negligently failed to consult with a cardiologist with regard to the man’s complaints and condition.
A review of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners’ website with regard to the background of the medical malpractice defendant indicates that he graduated in June 2005 from the Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and that he was first licensed in medicine and surgery in Louisiana in August 2006. The emergency room physician has no record of disciplinary action against him or restrictions on his medical license in Louisiana.
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