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Hospital negligence could lead to New Jersey deaths

Losing a family member unexpectedly is rarely an easy matter for surviving loved ones to accept. When hospital negligence played a role in a patient's death, the family could feel even more dismayed over the situation. New Jersey residents may be interested in one legal case involving such negligence that recently came in a settlement in another state. 

Reports indicated that the patient had gone to the hospital due to concerns about a bladder infection. When the nurse checked the man's vital signs, she noticed that his heart and breathing rates were accelerated and his blood pressure was elevated. A doctor on duty at the time diagnosed the man with sepsis, and he was transported to another part of the hospital campus.

During transport, the man had been connected to a heart monitor. However, upon his arrival to the hospital area, the receiving nurse disconnected the heart monitor, and the monitor was never reconnected. While in his hospital room without monitoring, the man went into cardiac arrest. Several minutes to half an hour may have passed before the situation was discovered. Though he was resuscitated, the man died 10 days later. 

The family believe that if his monitor had not been disconnected, hospital staff could have attended to his condition more quickly. As a result, the family filed a lawsuit against the hospital. A settlement for $750,000 was recently reached. 

Hospital negligence can easily lead to a patient suffering negative effects. As this case shows, a potentially preventable death could even occur. If New Jersey residents have lost loved ones due to such negligence, they may wish to explore their legal options for seeking compensation.

Source:, "Suit settled over patient's death after heart monitor detached", Susan Samples, March 23, 2017

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