Wife files medical malpractice suit on deceased husband's behalf

When individuals in Tennessee fall ill, they often seek medical attention. Although the medical professionals who treat them are highly trained, mistakes still occur. Unfortunately, when they do, people's health and sometimes lives are at stake. When an individual is injured or killed due to a medical professional's negligence, the individual or his or her family members may choose to file a medical malpractice suit.

On a recent Tuesday in September, an out-of-state woman filed one such medical malpractice suit. The suit alleges that the woman's husband, a military veteran, received sub-standard medical treatment at an out-of-state medical facility that lead to his death. The man was 51 and died in February 2015.

According to the suit, the man was diagnosed with kidney failure in October of 2012. In April 2013, a diagnosis revealed that early stage kidney failure was imminent, and he was advised not to take medications that were considered toxic to the kidneys. However, according to the suit, in May 2014, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and was prescribed the drug Zometa, which is considered very dangerous for individuals with kidney problems. After taking Zometa for only two weeks, he suffered total kidney failure and underwent daily dialysis for the remainder of his life.

When an individual in Tennessee suffers a serious injury or dies as a result of the negligence of a medical professional, the victim or his or her loved ones have the legal right to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit against the party or parties believed to have been negligent. If successfully navigated, this type of claim sometimes results in a monetary judgment for the damages sustained, which can help lessen some of the costs that are typically associated with these kinds of injuries. A medical malpractice victim or his or her loved ones typically begin this process by consulting an experienced personal injury attorney to assess the validity of the claim.

Source: chronicle.augusta.com, "Veteran's wife files malpractice suit against Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center", Sandy Hodson, Sept. 22, 2015

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