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Failure to diagnose embolism results in man's death

Diseases typically present with a specific set of signs and symptoms that physicians are trained to recognize. Recently, when a man showed signs of pulmonary embolism after a surgery, the physician's failure to diagnose his condition led to an unfortunate, untimely demise. His family took the case to court and won. Individuals in Rhode Island may benefit from learning about his case by becoming more aware of the signs and symptoms of embolism. Any family similarly affected will also benefit by learning about their options for getting justice after medical malpractice. 

In 2011, the man slipped from his work truck and injured his leg. The ruptured tendon that resulted from the fall was operated on at the local hospital. After the surgery, he complained of shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling and tachycardia. The man later died of a pulmonary embolism, in which a blood clot had travelled to his lungs. 

His widow and two children brought a case against the physical therapist and doctors who treated him. The case went to trial, and a jury decided that the medical staff responsible failed to diagnose, test or treat the man for the blood clot. They found that the symptoms he presented should have warranted further intervention and that his death was preventable and ultimately caused by the blood clot. 

The man's family was awarded $3 million in the failure to diagnose medical malpractice case. Rhode Island families who are facing similar sad situations with the loss of a loved one should know that they have the option to try to seek justice for the tragic loss of a family member. A person who has been the victim of medical malpractice will often choose to team up with a personal injury attorney for help in bringing the case to court. 

Source:, "Elmhurst man's family receives $3M verdict in Elmhurst Hospital medical malpractice case", Nov. 21, 2017

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