New Jersey residents may be familiar with case of a young girl who passed away because of a failure to diagnose properly. The family of the young girl claims that the doctor diagnosed the child with flu when she actually had pneumonia. The failure to diagnose the correct illness ultimately led to the girl’s death, leading to a wrongful death suit filed by the family.
The girl was brought to a Kaiser Permanente urgent care facility because she was vomiting, had a fever and difficulty breathing. The parents claim that the girl was not given a thorough examination because it was late and the doctor was almost done for the day. The doctor diagnosed the girl with a viral flu and said that she did not need antibiotics.
The next morning, the mother found the girl in very poor condition and she was rushed to another emergency room. She received medical treatment in attempts to save her life, but it was to no avail. The girl was declared dead one day after receiving poor medical treatment at Kaiser Permanente.
The failure to diagnose the proper illness means that the healthcare provider could be held liable for the death. In fact, it was found that the family was owed compensation and was granted $250,000. New Jersey residents who have suffered because of medical malpractice of any kind could be eligible for financial compensation for any pain and suffering endured. To learn if a personal injury or wrongful death suit is beneficial, it is typically best to begin with a thorough and complete case evaluation.
Source: sgvtribune.com, Kaiser settles with family of 10-year-old who died of undiagnosed pneumonia, Jason Henry, Jan. 14, 2014