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Overmedication cited as reason for woman’s death

Most medical experts in Providence County would agree that up-to-the-minute diagnostic testing and an observance of a patient’s current symptoms are both required in order to deliver adequate care. Any deviation from this standard could result in inappropriate therapies or interventions to be ordered, the application of which could potentially cause one’s condition to worsen even to the point of death. If such deviations are discovered, those affected by such errors may justly wonder why they ever happened.

Such is the question being posed through a medical malpractice lawsuit filed by a Pennsylvania man who recently lost his wife to a subarachnoid hemorrhage (or bleeding on the brain). He claims that the doctors who treated his wife failed her in two ways: they dismissed laboratory results showing abnormal partial thromboplastin time levels (clotting factors that indicate bleeding problems) as incorrect, and continued to administer the blood thinning medication Heparin. They then failed to heed her complaints of persistent head and neck pain, which the lawsuit claims were indicators of her being overmedicated. She subsequently become unresponsive and required intubation and admittance into intensive care. Her family later made the decision to withdraw care. She died the following day.

While it may be recognized that potentially life-threatening situations can add to the stress of a medical case, patients rely on their doctors to follow accepted protocols in these situations in order to avoid errors in judgment. One might rightly assume that not ignoring diagnostic test results or the claims a patient is making to be among the most basic of these. Anyone who discovers that such errors were made during the course of their own or their loved one’s care may want to initiate legal action. Such a decision may be made much easier after first consulting with an attorney.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record “Widower alleges wife’s fatal brain hemorrhage due to medical malpractice” Malfitano, Nicholas, Feb. 16, 2017

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