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ARTICLE ID 194582

– Medical Malpractice – Radiology negligence – Internal medicine negligence – Failure to timely diagnose and treat respiratory infection – Wrongful death of 52-year-old decedent

Plymouth County, MA

In this medical malpractice matter, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant physicians were negligent in failing to timely diagnose and treat the decedent’s respiratory infection, which resulted in the untimely death of the 52-year-old woman. The defendants denied any deviation from acceptable standards of care, and denied any negligence or liability for the plaintiff’s alleged damages.

The female decedent, 52 years of age, came under the care of the defendants at the hospital. The plaintiff had a history of diabetes and bipolar disorder, and maintained that the defendant radiologist, who read the chest x-ray, failed to appreciate evidence that the plaintiff’s decedent was suffering from pneumonia and recommend any follow-up diagnostic testing in the form of a CT scan. The defendant internists attending to the plaintiff’s decedent failed to order CT scans to diagnose the decedent’s condition, and failed to treat her pneumonia. The plaintiff’s decedent was suffering from a fever, respiratory difficulties, and low oxygen, yet the plaintiff contended that the defendants failed to asses her for pneumonia and begin proper treatment, which would have prevented her untimely death. The decedent died as a result of undiagnosed pneumonia and septic shock. The plaintiff brought suit against the defendant radiologist and the defendant internists alleging negligence in failing to timely diagnose and treat her condition.

The defendants denied the allegations and maintained that there was no deviation from acceptable standards of care, and disputed that there was any need for additional testing, and that there was anything that they did or did not do, which resulted in the death of the decedent.

The matter proceeded to trial.At the conclusion of the evidence, the jury deliberated and returned its verdict in favor of the defendants and against the plaintiff, finding there was no deviation from acceptable standards of care in the defendants’ treatment of the plaintiff’s decedent.

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