A man in Philadelphia is alleging that his wife’s death was due to medical malpractice. The woman died of a subarachnoid hemorrhage, and her widower has filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.
According to records, the woman went to Abington Memorial Hospital on August 28, 2016. She complained of being lightheaded and aches. The woman was admitted to the hospital and prescribed Heparin. The injectable drug was to be administered every 8 hours.
On September 4, 2016, the woman was found to be unresponsive. She was intubated and her condition continued to deteriorate. On September 9, 2016, the family made the decision to withdraw care and have the woman transferred to hospice. She died on September 10, 2016. The cause of her death was determined to be a hemmorhage.
A communication from the hospital detailed that the woman had been given an incorrect dosage of the blood thinner. As a result, she sustained bleeding and, ultimately, death. The plaintiff alleges that the woman suffered persistent pain, the need for intubation, hemmhorage, and death as a result of negligence on behalf of doctors and the hospital.
The plaintiff is seeking damages, both compensatory and punitive, exclusive of court costs. A violation of the Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Act was noted as a reason for the lawsuit. The date of the initial proceedings was not released.
When people go to a hospital for care, they deserve to be treated as expected. When errors such as this occur, victims and their families may be entitled to compensation under current state law. If you or a loved one has been injured at the hands of a medical professional in New York, reach out to our team of experienced medical malpractice attorneys for a free consultation. We will review the details of your injury and advise you of your legal options.