Woman Sues School of Medicine for Husband’s Death by GI Bleeding


A woman whose husband died as a result of gastrointestinal issues is suing the Tulane University School of Medicine and a physician employed there for medical malpractice.

The lawsuit was filed by Heather Leeming, individually and on behalf of her minor child, Kobe Leeming, and her deceased husband, James D. Leeming. The lawsuit names The Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, Tulane University School of Medicine, and Dr. Michael Roysteras defendant in the case. The malpractice suit was filed in the Orleans Parish First Civil District Court on May 28.

Within the court documents, the plaintiff asserts that in May 2011 her husband was admitted to Tulane for a gastrointestinal bleed. He was under the care of the facility’s medical staff until his death one month later. Leeming alleges that her husband’s death was caused by an excessive blood loss from a GI bleed and that the plaintiff failed to properly examine and evaluate the patient. The plaintiff is also accused of failing to alert the attending physician of the patient’s deteriorating condition and blood loss and failing to place him in ICU in a timely fashion.

The plaintiff is seeking an unspecified amount in damages for the pre-death mental and physical pain and suffering of her husband, medical bills and expenses as well as funeral expenses for him, and for the wrongful death of her husband on her behalf and that of her son who is a minor.

Families are often left picking up the pieces after losing a loved one to a severe illness or accident. It is almost a given that if someone is seriously sick or injured, entrusting a physician or medical facility with the care of that person is the best course of action. Doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers are considered medical professionals, but even a professional can have an off-day and make a mistake. When mistakes are made, medical malpractice may be the end result.

According to the National Institute of Health, more than 255,000 patients die each year as the result of medical malpractice or medical negligence. When a doctor, medical resident, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, therapist, or other medical caregiver, fails to provide a service that meets the “standard of care,” patients and their families suffer needlessly. Having a “standard of care” is what every provider should do under the circumstances in order to insure the well-being of the patient.

At Bottar Law, we have been fighting for the rights of patients and their loved ones for more than 30 years. If you suspect that you, your child, or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, contact Bottar Law, PLLC, today. We will schedule a confidential meeting with you to inform you of your rights and the possibility of compensation for any medical expenses, special education, medical bills, loss of income, pain and suffering and the tragedy of wrongful death.

You may contact us by telephone at (315) 313-6809, (888) 979-1689, or by email at info@bottarlaw.com.

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