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Wife blames husband's death on emergency room error

Emergency rooms are typically the frontline of defense for New Jersey patients who are experiencing a serious health crisis, but with the fast pace of this type of care, errors can be commonplace. A woman from a neighboring state claims that an emergency room error ultimately resulted in her husband's death. She subsequently filed a medical malpractice claim in order to seek justice on his behalf.

In 2014, her husband suffered a heart attack and was transported to an area hospital. Upon arrival in the emergency room, one of the doctors somehow determined that he was already dead despite many indications that he was not. When his wife arrived at the hospital, she was cautioned that her husband would look as though he was still breathing, but to disregard it as normal.

Not only did her husband appear to be breathing, she reported that he turned his eyes to look at her. Later, when he started moving his limbs to try and hug her, she sent family members to tell the doctor that he was still responding. When the doctor finally came in, he brushed all of his symptoms of life off as normal, and implied that he was simply shedding the last of his life off. The man's vitals were never taken until nearly two hours later, when it was discovered that he was still very much alive.

It was that emergency room error that she believes cost her husband his life. According to the medical malpractice suit she filed, the lack of medical care due to one doctor's negligence, secondary care provided at a different hospital was ineffective. Although most New Jersey families understand that a successful medical malpractice claim can never actually replace a lost loved one, these types of suits are often successful at not only achieving a sense of justice, but also making the process safer for future patients.

Source:, "Widow Files Medical Malpractice Suit After Husband Dies Twice", Kelly Dudzik, Oct. 14, 2015

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