Embolism kills patient, grandmother sues for medical malpractice

A multitude of medical procedures are conducted every day by expert health care professionals in Tennessee. Nearly all of these procedures are performed without a hitch, which results in the patients making a full recovery. Unfortunately, patients sometimes suffer catastrophic injuries and, in some cases, even death due to an act of medical negligence. Sometimes the patient or a family member chooses to file a medical malpractice suit against the responsible negligent party.

A recent medical malpractice suit resulted when a man died after a diagnostic procedure he had undergone resulted in the perforation of his colon as well as a pulmonary embolism, alleges the suit. The decedent's grandmother states that her grandson arrived at a medical center, where he complained of digestive problems as well as abdominal pain. The man was later diagnosed with an obstruction that appeared to be located in his bowel.

Then, the suit contends that a battery of tests was performed. This resulted in the discovery of a malignant tumor located in his bowel. It was during this battery of tests and procedures that his bowel was punctured, the suit alleges. Several days later, the man died due to a pulmonary embolism. His grandmother contends that the embolism was the result of the tests and the puncturing of his bowel.

When a patient in Tennessee is either seriously injured or dies due to the apparent negligence of his or her own health care professional, he or she is entitled to file a medical malpractice suit. Successfully navigated, the suit can help with paying for medical expenses incurred as well as making up for lost pay. An experienced attorney who is knowledgeable with medical malpractice claims is often consulted in order to to establish whether or not a viable case exists.

Source: louisianarecord.com, "Medical malpractice claim filed against Ochsner, doctors over patient's death", Kyle Barnett, July 21, 2015

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