Our Macomb county medical malpractice lawyers recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a hospital in Macomb County on behalf of a wife and children relating to the death of a fifty-seven years old Clinton Township man. The patient presented to the emergency room after sustaining several rib fractures from a recent fall and was immobile. This condition put him at risk for developing a pulmonary embolism.
The medical negligence lawsuit alleges that the emergency room physician failed to recognize the signs and symptoms that this patient was suffering from a pulmonary embolism. As a result of this failure to diagnose and treat the condition, the patient was discharged home without receiving any blood thinners to bust the clot or prevent him from developing a blood clot. The patient died at home less than 48 hours after leaving the emergency room. The patient had been immobile for several days after sustaining multiple rib fractures in a recent fall and developed deep vein thrombosis in his legs and lung that went undiagnosed until after his death.
A pulmonary embolism is an emergency medical condition that can and does lead to the death of a patient if not timely treated and diagnosed. When a patient presents to the emergency department with the risk factors for developing an embolism or blood clot, the physicians must take appropriate measures to diagnose and treat the condition before there is significant harm or injury to the patient. In patients at high risk for a pulmonary embolism, the medical staff is required to take appropriate steps to prevent a blood clot from occurring. This can include provide leg stockings to the patient and prescribing blood thinners to prevent a clot from developing.
Our medical malpractice lawyers represent the estate of the patient, which is essentially his surviving wife and children. Our Macomb County medical malpractice lawsuit seeks damages for the pain and suffering that the patient endured before his death. It also seeks all damages permissible under the Michigan Wrongful Death Act. These damages include the loss of society and companionship suffered by the family for his loss as well as the value of loss of household services and financial support that he would have provided to his wife and children had he not suffered this tragic and untimely death. The lawsuit seeks past damages and damages in the future. No trial date has been set by the court.