Our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a Macomb County Hospital alleging a wrongful death claim for the family of a fifty-seven year old Clinton Township man. The lawsuit alleges that the emergency room doctor failure to recognize the signs and symptoms of a patient suffering from a pulmonary embolism. As a result of such failure to diagnose and treat such condition, the patient was discharged without receiving any blood thinners and 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 blood clots in his legs (deep vein thrombosis) 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.
We represent the wife and children of the patient. 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, which include the loss of society and companionship suffered by the family for his loss as well as the 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. No trial date has been set by the court.