The receipt of healthcare in Ocean County does not come with a satisfaction guarantee. This is due to the fact that, despite the improvements made in diagnostics medicine in recent years, there may still be a margin of error when attempting to determine exactly what is wrong with a patient. Most may know and understand this, yet still the expectation is that a clinician will exhaust all available resources in attempting to correctly diagnose a patient, and that their full and undivided attention will be devoted that task. It is when that expectation is not met that patients may feel justified in seeking legal action.
Such action was recently initiated on behalf of a deceased California woman and her unborn child. According to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by her family, the woman presented to a local hospital for treatment for swelling and high blood pressure. The doctor who saw her prescribed her a medication and discharged her to home with instructions to follow up with another physician. That doctor agreed with the referring provider’s diagnosis and advised the woman to follow his recommended course of treatment. A few days later, she was found unresponsive and rushed to the hospital (where she and her unborn baby later died).
The lawsuit in this case alleges that the providers in question were careless in their rendering of care. Making such a claim against a clinician can be challenging if one lacks extensive medical (and legal) knowledge. Fortunately, one hoping to argue such a claim is not alone in doing. An experienced attorney may provide the knowledge and experience needed to successfully pursue a claim in such situations.