Did one doctor's pending legal case lead him to fail in his care to another patient? That is the allegation of one recent medical malpractice lawsuit. A physician is facing charges of medical negligence, as is the hospital he worked for and the group who owned the hospital. Individuals in Rhode Island who are interested in learning more about doctor errors may be interested in the details of this recent and developing story.
The now-deceased patient of the surgeon had reported to the hospital, stating that he was suffering from an extreme headache. After testing, the radiologist notified the physician about enlarged cavities inside the man's brain, but the surgeon delayed the man's surgery for approximately 12 hours. The lawsuit alleges that, at that time, the man's condition was critical and that he did not receive timely care. Unfortunately, the man died due to complications from a failing shunt.
At the time of the surgery, the physician was allegedly involved in criminal activity with at least two other individuals. The malpractice lawsuit alleges that the man's involvement with the crimes affected his work and led to his improper handling of the man's medical case. The lawsuit also mentions that the man's past medical mistakes and work history should have disqualified him from eligibility to work at the hospital.
This physician also faces another medical malpractice case from 2016. In the medical field, a hospital patient is protected by the law when under the care of a physician, and any medical treatments must be provided in a timely fashion to protect the patient's health. A delay in treatment can result in death. Individuals in Rhode Island who may have faced a similar issue with a doctor may wish to consult with an attorney for a review of the legal case.
Source: santacruzsentinel.com, "Second lawsuit accuses Dr. James Kohut of malpractice at Dominican Hospital", Michael Todd, Feb. 13, 2018