Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 22, 2012 – A person goes to hospital for surgery, thinking they will get better. They do not expect to die.
“In this lawsuit, the plaintiff filed a wrongful death lawsuit over the death of her husband after hernia surgery. The lawsuit stated the doctors at the hospital were negligent, and as a result of that negligence, her husband died. She is seeking damages for pain and suffering,” outlined Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P.
The deceased had gone into hospital for hernia repair, but something went wrong. The statement of facts showed the man had hernia surgery and was sent home, in stable condition, the next day. Three days later, he went to the E.R. and complained about shortness of breath, hiccups and wheezing. On admission, he was given a series of tests, and then transferred to the intensive care unit. A few hours later, he needed to be intubated and placed on a ventilator. Shortly thereafter, he showed signs of septic shock and had a heart attack.
“There is a lot going on in this case, not the least of which is what tests the man was given on his second admission showed. The plaintiff states that the negligence of all medical personnel at the hospital caused her husband’s symptoms, condition and his eventual death. As one may expect, the hospital is not commenting on the case. Will the plaintiff win? There is a likelihood that she will, as her husband’s symptoms were evidently misdiagnosed. This is a medical malpractice case, resulting in a wrongful death,” Schuelke added.
For those who have been in a situation such as this one, it makes sense to discuss the details of the case with an Austin personal injury lawyer, familiar with wrongful death cases. Although they are complex, and do take a fair length of time to settle or come to some form of resolution, justice later is better than no justice at all.
“In other words, don’t wait too long to talk to an attorney, because the longer you wait, you may miss the opportunity to investigate your case or the legal deadline for filing your wrongful death action. If that happens, you are barred from any further action in your case,” said Schuelke.
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