Young doctor's death prompts medical malpractice suit

A young doctor who graduated from medical school on May 11, 2013, was about to begin her residency at an out-of-state hospital in pediatrics, when she died in a hospital just 18 days later of a brain hemorrhage. The woman's parents filed a medical malpractice suit against the hospital where she received treatment in 2014. When Tennessee residents suffer harm due to the negligence of medical professionals, they may decide to pursue medical malpractice suits against the responsible parties.

The woman showed signs that unmistakably pointed to a diagnosable and treatable blood clot, according to the suit. However, the physicians at the hospital failed to discern the condition's gravity in time. The suit claims that the medical staff's conduct transcended normal negligence and, in fact, demonstrated a reckless and knowing indifference.

The woman was admitted to a medical facility on May 26, 2013, due to a history of both headaches and becoming easily bruised. Both the symptoms and the blood tests that the hospital conducted clearly revealed that there was a possibility that she was suffering from internal bleeding. However, it was over 44 hours before a staff member ordered her head to be scanned, according to the suit.

When Tennessee residents receive negligent health care that results in either injuries or deaths, they -- or deceased victims' surviving family members -- are typically entitled to pursue medical malpractice suits. When successfully presented, a medical malpractice claim -- such as the one filed by the victim's parents -- may result in a judgment for any financial damages that the family sustained. Medical malpractice victims in Tennessee are entitled to seek counsel to assess the validity of any legal claims, as well as to advocate on their behalves as they pursue claims for financial relief.

Source: thetimes-tribune.com, "Monday Update: Medical malpractice trial over death of doctor set", Terrie Morgan-Besecker, Feb. 22, 2016

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