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Patient dies of embolism, doctors face medical malpractice suit

Many medical procedures are performed every day by expert health care professionals in Maryland. Almost all of these procedures are performed flawlessly and the patients make a speedy recovery. Unfortunately, there are the times that, due to an act of medical negligence, patients sometimes suffer catastrophic injuries and, in some cases, even death. As a result, sometimes the patient or a family member chooses to file a medical malpractice suit against the negligent party.

A recent medical malpractice suit in another state is the result of a patient dying after a diagnostic procedure he underwent resulted in the alleged perforation of his colon as well as suffering a pulmonary embolism. According to the lawsuit, the decedent's grandmother contends that her grandson chose to go to a medical center and complained of digestive problems and abdominal pain. The man was diagnosed with an obstruction located in his bowel.

The grandmother asserts in the suit that her grandson then had a battery of tests performed. These resulted in identifying a malignant tumor that was located in his bowel. It was during these procedures that his bowel was allegedly punctured. Then, a few days later, the patient died due to a pulmonary embolism -- the grandmother claims that this was the result of the invasive tests that had been performed and the puncturing of his bowel.

When a patient in Maryland is seriously injured or dies due to the apparent negligence of his or her health care professional, he or she is entitled to file a medical malpractice suit. If successfully navigated, this suit can assist with compensating for lost pay as well as for medical bills and even pain and suffering. An experienced attorney who has knowledge of medical malpractice claims is often consulted so as to to establish whether or not a viable case exists.

Source:, "Medical malpractice claim filed against Ochsner, doctors over patient's death", Kyle Barnett, July 21, 2015

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