We tend to take for granted that doctors and medical professionals can sometimes be wrong and make mistakes. After all, they are human just like we are. However, when protocol is ignored and an individual suffers as a result, the question is no longer why did a doctor not know something; but rather, why that doctor did not do something when they very well should have.
A story featured on pittsburghlive.com discusses a case of medical misdiagnosis that resulted in loss of life. Reportedly, a 51-year-old Fayette County woman, after visiting Uniontown Hospital and complaining of chest pains, was discharged after examination, but then died of a myocardial infarction just five days later. Allegedly, the hospital released the woman with a diagnosis of non-cardiac pain, even though the hospital was made aware of family history which indicated that a heart condition may be likely. Now, the woman’s daughter is filing a wrongful death suit against the hospital, claiming that their negligent care played a determining factor in allowing the mother’s heart condition to claim her.
While it is often easy to assume that doctors have our best interests in mind, this is not always the case. Medical negligence and misdiagnosis affects a large number of Pennsylvania residents each and every year, even though it doesn’t have to. Anything less than a thorough examination is unacceptable, especially when it is a matter of life or death. Those responsible for medical malpractice need to be held accountable for their actions in a court of law.
If you feel as though you’ve been a victim of medical malpractice, or have a family member who has been victimized, please contact the Harrisburg medical malpractice lawyers at Anapol Weiss. Our experienced injury attorneys will examine the circumstances of the care administered to you, holding negligent care providers liable for their actions and seek compensatory damages on your behalf. Call us today at (866) 735-2792 for more information and a free evaluation of your Pennsylvania medical malpractice case.