A man from Meriden, Connecticut, died after having an operation on his gall bladder. The operation happened on Jan. 14, back in 2013, but he had some complications and checked himself into the emergency room just four days later. On Jan. 25, he came back to the medical center, and this time he had sepsis. By Feb. 22, he had passed away, after some of his organs had shut down.
The man’s family has now filed a medical malpractice lawsuit. They claim that the medical professionals did not provide a high enough level of care after the surgery or while it was happening. Additionally, they say that the man was given way too many narcotics, which contributed to his condition.
In fact, one of the sons who started the lawsuit actually began to think there was a problem when he went to his father’s house and discovered that he had more painkillers than seemed necessary. Looking into it more, they determined that the man had been given these huge amounts of painkillers for more than 12 months.
The doses have been described by the family as unlawfully high.
However, the medical professionals who have been named in the suit had not been able to comment on the matter at this time. A spokesperson for the center simply stated that patient safety was one of their main priorities, something they focused on in every single case.
Do you think that a loved one was killed due to medical malpractice? If you have your suspicions, it may be wise to look into your legal options.
Source: myrecordjournal.com, “Family of late Meriden man files medical malpractice suit,” Mary Ellen Godin, July 10, 2015