Florida residents who are undergoing medical treatment, examination or procedures have the right to reasonably assume that medical staff members will take necessary measures to protect patient safety and follow protocol in order to provide thorough and appropriate care. A doctor's failure to diagnose a patient's condition can lead to adverse health effects, serious illness or even death. A recent case involved the family of a deceased man blaming a doctor's negligence for the death of their loved one.
The man reportedly died from cancer that had gone undiagnosed by an emergency room physician. According to information provided, the man had entered the emergency room in Oct. 2012. He was apparently suffering from nausea, vomiting, fainting and left arm weakness.
Reports indicate that a CAT scan was conducted on the man's left arm. The radiologist who viewed the scan suggested that a lymph node was inflamed and was possibly indicative of cancer. The family's lawsuit claims that the acting cardiologist who had ordered the scan failed to test for cancer as the radiologist had recommended. By July 2013, the man had died from lung cancer that had spread throughout his body since his initial visit to the ER.
The plaintiffs in this case are suing for damages of an unspecified amount in order to seek compensation for medical expenses, as well as emotional pain and suffering. Any Florida resident who believes that a doctor's failure to diagnose a health condition has led to his or her own serious illness or the death of a loved one may contact a legal team in the area to consider filing a medical malpractice claim in a civil court. While a successfully litigated claim cannot bring physical healing nor alleviate grief in the loss of a loved one, compensation awarded can be used to help absorb the cost of funeral expenses and other financial damages related to substandard medical care.
Source: louisianarecord.com, "Family of man who died from lung cancer sues doctor for not paying attention to warning signs of cancer", Kyle Barnett, May 20, 2015