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Medical malpractice suit follows death caused by clerical error

Many California families have lost loved ones due to medical errors or negligence. Such unanticipated deaths often leave surviving family members with many questions and the desire to hold somebody accountable. A woman recently filed a medical malpractice claim against a hospital, two physicians and several other parties in another state following the avoidable death of her husband.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff contends her husband consulted with the defendants about a year ago, at which time a urine analysis was done. Based on the results of the test, the diagnosis was stage-four kidney failure. The lawsuit states that when her husband needed emergency care approximately 10 days later, but such care was refused. One of the accused physicians apparently told the plaintiff that the fact that her husband was a Jehovah’s Witness prevented them from providing life-saving medical care.

The plaintiff asserts she denied that her husband was a Jehovah’s Witness, and she gave permission to insert a port to facilitate treatment. However, the treatment allegedly started too late, and her husband died later that night. It was determined that the entry on his medical chart indicating his religion was an administration error. The plaintiff alleges medical malpractice and wrongful death.

The deceased man’s widow is seeking damages of an unspecified amount. California families who have to cope with untimely deaths of loved ones as the result of hospital negligence or errors retain the right to pursue financial relief for the unanticipated expenses that followed. Non-financial damages such as pain and suffering, loss of companionship and more may also form part of the documented claims. Medical malpractice claims are not easy to navigate, and the experience of a medical malpractice attorney may provide valuable guidance throughout the proceedings of the court.