On May 20, 2016, a Philadelphia medical malpractice jury returned its verdict in favor of the estate of a 50-year-old woman who died due to undiagnosed and untreated pulmonary emboli after being negligently treated by the defendant doctor at the defendant hospital. The Philadelphia medical malpractice jury deliberated for six hours after a five-day trial before determining that the defendant doctor and defendant hospital were each 50% responsible for the woman’s unnecessary death.
The plaintiff alleged in the medical malpractice complaint that the woman had fractured a bone in her knee as a result of a fall while skiing in March 2012 that required surgery and a three-day hospital stay, after which she was instructed to not place weight on her affected leg for eight to twelve weeks.
In mid-May, 2012, the woman experienced nauseous, dizziness, and she passed out. She was brought to the defendant hospital’s emergency room where she was determined to have shortness of breath, was tachycardic, and had an abnormal EKG. About five hours after she had arrived at the defendant hospital, she was released from the emergency room with the diagnosis of stomach flu and dehydration.
About two weeks later, the woman became dizzy, started vomiting, and had chest pain, after which she collapsed and had difficulty breathing. The woman went into cardiac arrest and pulmonary arrest, and she could not be resuscitated. An autopsy was performed and determined that the woman had massive pulmonary embloi, which caused her death.
The Plaintiff’s Medical Negligence Allegations
The plaintiff’s medical malpractice lawsuit contended that the defendant doctor and defendant hospital should have performed medical testing to rule out pulmonary embolism during the initial emergency room visit in light of the woman having suffered a leg injury for which she had surgery, the fact that the woman had been largely immobilized due to her injury and surgery, and in light of her abnormal EKG, which put her at risk for developing blood clots that could travel to her heart and lungs.
The plaintiff alleged that the defendants should have performed blood tests, chest scans, and an ultrasound or EKG to rule out pulmonary embolism during the initial emergency room visit, which would have led to the diagnosis of blood clots and/or pulmonary emboli that could have been successfully treated at that time and would have prevented the woman’s untimely death.
It is reported that the parties reached a confidential agreement to settle the plaintiff’s medical malpractice claims during jury deliberations.
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