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Lawsuit alleges failure to diagnose blood clots

Post-operative complications can compromise any successful surgery. When procedures are not followed to ensure that an Illinois patient does not suffer an infection, blood clots or other complications, the individual can suffer serious health consequences, including death. The failure to diagnose such complications could be medical malpractice.

A man's family is alleging medical malpractice regarding his treatment, or lack thereof. On Feb. 9, the 6 foot tall, 342-pound man went to the emergency room of a hospital in his area complaining of extreme pain. He was sent home without any resolution and returned to the hospital on Feb. 11. That time, he underwent surgery.

As part of the New York man's post-operative care, he was supposed to be assessed for blood clots, and the hospital determined that his risk was low. On at least one more occasion, doctors refused to assess and treat him for potential blood clots. Between Feb. 11 and Feb. 16, his condition continued to deteriorate. He suffered from diminished motor and sensory capacity in his legs, was not able to move much and was in severe pain. By Feb. 18, he was dead due to two undiagnosed clotting disorders.

The doctors and hospital are accused of failing to meet accepted standards regarding the care of a patient after surgery. It will be up to the court presiding over the case to determine whether there was a failure to diagnose the clotting disorders that led to his death and whether medical malpractice was committed. If the court rules in favor of the man's family, they could be awarded damages like those that would be received here in Illinois under similar circumstances.

Source: vtdigger.org, "Family sues UVM Medical Center for malpractice", Erin Mansfield, Aug. 24, 2016

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