When Texas residents suffer medical complications that they believe resulted from the negligence of medical personnel and/or the facilities that employ them, they may consider pursuing a claim for monetary damages against them. Navigating medical malpractice lawsuits can be complicated, and some victims may hesitate to proceed with a claim. However, with experienced legal counsel, victims may find that not all cases go to court, as hospitals or doctors sometimes offer to settle such claims out of court.
In a case in another state, a doctor and a hospital offered a settlement amount of $925,000 to the family of a man who died after receiving medical care at the facility. The lawsuit that was filed against the defendants alleges the doctor failed to timely treat symptoms of aortic dissection. According to court documents, the man’s primary doctor and a chiropractor referred the patient to an emergency facility to undergo a CT scan to determine whether a cardiovascular condition might have caused the severe pain in his back.
According to the complaint, the man was kept waiting approximately two hours before he was attended to at the medical facility. The plaintiff alleges that, despite the existence of symptoms of the dangerous condition, the doctor failed to treat it with urgency. Further allegations note that his death was hastened by the delay in treatment.
The defendants reportedly agreed to settle despite their belief that swifter diagnosis or treatment would not have saved the man’s life. Any Texas resident who has lost a loved one in similar circumstances as the widow in this case may find comfort in knowing that the help of an experienced medical malpractice attorney is available. With the support and guidance of a lawyer, a satisfactory outcome may be achieved, regardless of whether it is through settlement or litigation.
Source: cookcountyrecord.com, “Jury awards $925K to family of man who suffered aortic dissection; state med society says reform needed“, Taryn Phaneuf, July 28, 2016