It's likely one of the most terrifying thoughts for a parent -- leaving their young kids behind. Imagine playing a carefree game of basketball and then realizing that you are experiencing a potentially life-changing medical emergency. You have chest pains and need the emergency help of medical professionals.
Arriving at a hospital when in a serious health situation can be a relief, or it should be at least. In the case of a Philadelphia father who was brought to the hospital with chest and shoulder pain, however, he didn't get the quality of help that he needed and that his kids needed in order to keep their daddy around. Medical malpractice led to the untimely death of the 38-year-old father of five.
The Pennsylvania record reports that the administrator of the victim's estate filed a medical malpractice/wrongful death case against various parties, including the hospital where the victim was treated and the doctors who treated him. The case claims that the defendants failed to properly test and, therefore, diagnose the patient. The failures allowed for the patient to be released from the hospital until he would suffer physically from the real health problems that he was unknowingly battling.
In November 2009, the victim died in a long-term care facility as the result of serious heart problems, pneumonia and more. The medical malpractice lawsuit suggests that if the victim had undergone the proper heart-related tests during his initial visit, then his ailments wouldn't have reached the fatal level that they did in the end.
A Philadelphia court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, awarding several millions of dollars that will go toward the victim's family. It's a win, but money doesn't take away from the sting of the preventable loss of a family man.
Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Phila. jury renders $6.4 million plaintiffs' verdict in medical malpractice, wrongful death case," Jon Campisi, June 7, 2012