On June 21, 2016, a New York medical malpractice jury returned its verdict in the amount of $4.65 million against a primary care physician, a gastroenterologist, and the defendant hospital for the death of a 63-year-old veterinarian who died because of the defendants’ failure to timely and properly diagnose and treat his serious medical condition when he arrived at the defendant hospital’s emergency room, leading to his avoidable death.
The man arrived at the emergency room on February 13, 2011, complaining of severe abdominal pain. According to his widow’s New York wrongful death lawsuit, physicians suspected that he had pancreatitis, ordered preliminary blood tests, and admitted him to the hospital, but then basically ignored the man in the hospital by failing to communicate with each other regarding the man’s medical condition and proposed treatment, and failed to order necessary medical testing that would have diagnosed the man as having sepsis, a life-threatening condition. The man died within 36 hours after his arrival at the hospital, which his wife alleged in her New York medical malpractice lawsuit was avoidable had her husband received the proper medical testing and care in the hospital.
The New York medical malpractice jury, which consisted of three men and three women, spent the better part of the afternoon on the last day of the two-week trial deliberating before concluding that all three defendants were responsible for the man’s death and arriving at the $4.6 million verdict in favor of the man’s wife and son, for which the defendants are equally responsible. The defendant hospital has stated that it will file post-trial motions seeking to set aside the jury’s verdict, and has reserved the right to appeal.
Communication Failures Lead To Patient Harm
It is well known within the vast health care industry in the United States that health care providers in hospitals and other cooperative medical facilities must communicate timely and effectively so that patients do not suffer harm due to communication failures. If one cog in the health care wheel of medical providers fails to properly communicate with the others, medical misdiagnoses and the negligent failure to timely diagnose and treat serious or life-threatening medical conditions can lead to permanent or fatal harm to unsuspecting patients.
Victims of medical miscommunication are often left in the dark that one or more communication breakdowns caused or contributed to their unnecessary and avoidable injuries. If a failure in communication may have led to an unanticipated medical injury, the victim of such medical negligence, or their family, should promptly consult with a local medical malpractice lawyer in their U.S. state who may investigate their possible medical malpractice claim, obtain medical records and other relevant documents, and represent the innocent victim of medical negligence in a medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injury or other substantial harm that may be due to miscommunication, an erroneous communication, or the lack of communication involving your medical care or treatment in New York or in another U.S. state, you should promptly find a medical malpractice lawyer in your state who may investigate your possible medical negligence claim for you and represent you or your loved one in a medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
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