When New Jersey residents have loved ones who begin to show signs of health concerns, it can be a frightening situation. Family members often want to do their best to ensure that their loved ones receive the care needed in a timely manner. Unfortunately, they cannot always control the situation, and if doctor negligence contributes to a misdiagnosis or other failures in care, the situation could turn dire.
It was recently reported that a family in another state has filed a malpractice claim against a hospital. Apparently, an 88-year-old woman died in 2015 after being transported from her nursing home to a hospital for treatment of fever and oxygen deficiency. After being admitted for a urinary tract infection, the woman also suffered from other conditions, which medical staff were apparently unaware of.
The woman's condition continued to worsen, but despite this fact, she was discharged from the hospital. The woman's daughter did not want the release to take place because of her mother's poor condition, and as a result, she was kept another day. The woman was taken back to the nursing facility and then later returned to the hospital and apparently received a correct diagnosis. Unfortunately, the woman died six days later while in hospice care. The family filed the lawsuit as a response to what they believe was negligent care on many levels.
The loss of a family member can affect anyone in a major way. When doctor negligence and other instances of malpractice contributed to the death, it can seem unforgivable. If New Jersey residents believe that their loved ones suffered due to misdiagnoses or improper treatment, they may want to consider their legal options for seeking compensation.
Source: poconorecord.com, "Family files suit against LVH-Pocono", Howard Frank, May 8, 2018