Citizens in Tennessee, like those in other states, have a right to adequate medical care. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to read reports of doctors or medical facilities facingmedical malpractice lawsuits due to their failure to provide care to an acceptable standard. A husband and wife in another state recently filed such a claim against several parties who allegedly failed to provide proper medical care in Oct. 2013.
According to court documents, the wife went to the emergency room at the defendant’s facility on Oct. 21, 2013. She claims to have been suffering an Addisonian crisis, also known as acute adrenal insufficiency that is a serious condition typically requiring emergency treatment. The plaintiff contends that the treating doctor discharged her without administering proper medication, although the discharge instructions allegedly wrongly stated that she had received medication.
The complaint further states that the defendant’s failure to treat the Addisonian crisis led to severe cognitive impairment. This is a long-term condition that causes a person to have memory and concentration problems, limits the patient’s ability to learn new things and make decisions that affect the person’s everyday life. This couple is seeking damages exceeding $50,000.
Anybody who is suffering the consequences of unprofessional and negligent medical care may pursue compensation for financial and other losses sustained. However, obtaining the medical records and documents that will be required to establish negligence on the part of medical professionals in a medical malpractice lawsuit may be tricky. Retaining the services of an experienced medical malpractice attorney may ease the navigation of such a claim in a Tennessee civil court.
Source: cookcountyrecord.com, “Couple sues St. Alexius Medical Center, alleging malpractice in medical emergency“, Robert Hadley, Oct. 22, 2015