When a New Jersey resident becomes ill, the logical thing to do is visit a doctor. In doing so, one expects that the doctor will perform an examination, run necessary tests, diagnose the problem and prescribe medication in order for the individual to feel better. Failure to diagnose the problem is usually not something that the individual should be concerned with.
In 2013, a woman visited her doctor because she was suffering from abdominal pain in addition to fever and nausea. The doctor ran tests and performed blood work. Although the count of her white blood cells was double what it should have been, the doctor sent her home without medication.
According to the patient's husband, she was suffering from acute pancreatitis. Due to the lack of treatment, she developed sepsis. Within a couple of weeks, her health rapidly declined, and she went into septic shock. Although she was taken to the emergency room and later airlifted to another hospital, she died as a result of her condition.
This patient's husband has now filed suit against the doctor and the hospital. He claims that their failure to diagnose her condition ultimately resulted in his wife's death. He further contends that they should have recognized the severity of her condition and taken steps to help her when she was first examined.
Unfortunately, sometimes things to do not happen as they should. Mistakes happen, and the patient is the one who suffers. If a New Jersey family finds themselves to be in a situation where the failure to diagnose a condition has resulted in either physical or financial loss, they will want to explore their options.
Source: kpax.com, "Montana man sues doctor, hospital for negligence in wife's death", Aja Goare, Sept. 15, 2016