According to the lawsuit, the woman first visited the hospital after she began to experience difficulty breathing. After being admitted into the emergency room, she was reportedly given a narcotic by hospital staff and then released. After exiting the emergency room and entering the waiting area, she reportedly went into cardiac arrest and subsequently fell into a coma.
The family claims that hospital members were aware of and chose to ignore issues in her medical history that placed her at high risk of heart failure. They also state that her condition is unchanged and that she is not expected to come out of the coma. After filing a medical malpractice claim against the facility, the family was recently awarded $3.8 million pursuant to a settlement agreement.
Watching a family member suffer permanent harm due to the negligent actions of a medical professional or facility can be a traumatic experience. Those who face similar circumstances could benefit from retaining the services of an experienced attorney for guidance on the next steps to take to pursue accountability through the civil justice system. An attorney can assist a client in Tennessee in pursuing the full amount of restitution entitled through a medical malpractice claim against the party or parties deemed responsible.