Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Attorney Helps Victim’s Family Recieve $6 Million

August 18, 2014 by
A Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Attorney Helps a Victim’s Family Receive $6 Million in a Medical Malpractice Case. Every day, people visit doctor offices and hospitals looking lifesaving treatment. When people seek medical care, they expect the medical professionals to do everything possible to keep them well and safe. Sometimes medical professionals make mistakes that can be deadly. Unfortunately, that was true for the plaintiff in this Pennsylvania medical malpractice case.Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Attorney

On December 17, 2007, Sherrie Ann B., the deceased, was treated in a York, Pennsylvania, hospital. After the deceased arrived at the hospital, the medical staffed diagnosed her as suffering from a heart attack. The doctors at the hospital determined that she should be treated by undergoing angioplasty and cardiac catheterization. The plaintiff survived the prescribed treatment, and she was put into the hospital’s intensive care unit for observation after the operation.

While in the ICU, the deceased experienced a drop in blood pressure and an increase in heart rate. The resistant physician contacted the cardiologist about these developments. Despite these warming signs, the doctors took no other actions. On December 19, 2007, the patient died. It was determined that she died because she was suffering from internal bleeding. The bleeding was a result of the angioplasty and cardiac catheterization.

The plaintiffs in the case were the family members of the deceased. The defendants in the case were York Hospital and the Cardiac Diagnostic Associates. During the case, the plaintiffs claimed that the defendants were negligent because they did not diagnose or treat the deceased’s internal bleeding that eventually led to her death. The plaintiffs claimed that, because the cardiologist was notified by the attending physician that the deceased’s blood pressure had dropped, the cardiologist should have run tests to determine the cause of her falling blood pressure.

In the end of this medical malpractice/wrongful death trial, the jury determined that defendants were negligent in the death of the deceased. The court awarded the plaintiffs $6 million. The court explained that the York Hospital was 75 percent at fault for the woman’s death. They determined that the Cardiac Diagnostic Associates were 25 percent at fault for her wrongful death.

The plaintiffs in the case suffered a great loss. Although no monetary award could make up for that loss, the jury rightly decided that the plaintiffs should be compensated by the defendants. It was clear to the jury that the defendants did not take the proper precautions to help keep the deceased safe. One can only hope that this decision will help prevent similar situations in the future. If you or anyone you care about has been involved in a medical malpractice instance, contact a personal injury attorney at Pennsylvania Lawyer today.

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