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Woman says doctor errors caused husband's death

No matter the circumstances, the loss of a loved one is a difficult event. However, the tragedy of some deaths seem to be magnified by the knowledge that the loss could have been prevented if a doctor had acted in a different manner. People in Texas who have suffered as a result of doctor errors can likely sympathize with an out-of-state woman who has recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit as a result of her husband's death.

The lawsuit claims that in May 2011, the man was admitted to the hospital -- which is also named in the lawsuit -- because he was suffering from a gastrointestinal bleed. He remained under the care of doctors at the hospital for approximately one month before he passed away. Court papers indicate that the man died as a result of excessive blood loss caused by the gastrointestinal bleed.

The woman claims that the doctor treating her husband made several errors that ultimately led to his death. She argues that he did not properly evaluate her husband. She also asserts that the doctor did not move her husband to the intensive care unit when his condition first necessitated such a move and that the attending physician was not notified of her husband's worsening condition. Her lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount of damages.

As a result of this man's death, a woman is left to raise her young son by herself while the son must adjust to life without his father. While doctor errors such as those described in the woman's lawsuit may be relatively rare in Texas, they often have serious consequences, resulting in the need for long-term medical care or even death. In some cases, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be a grieving family's only means of holding negligent medical care providers responsible for their actions.

Source: louisianarecord.com, "Woman sues Tulane School of Medicine for malpractice after husband's death", Andrey Burin, July 20, 2015

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