A lawsuit has been filed in Florida’s 8th circuit court, related to the death of a 69-year-old woman at North Florida Reginal Medical Center on December 31, 2016. The estate of AnnaMary Bakley is suing for damages of over $15,000 for mental and emotional distress, in addition to costs of the deceased woman’s funeral. According to the lawsuit, the Bakley estate is claiming medical malpractice and negligence in the misdiagnosis of gastrointestinal symptoms exhibited by the patient when she was admitted to the medical center.
Why the Family Is Suing for Medical Malpractice and Misdiagnosis
Ms. Bakley was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital on December 30, 2016, after falling at home. As the patient complained of severe abdominal pain, and testing suggested a gastrointestinal issue may be present, she was transferred to North Florida Regional Medical Center for specialist care. According to the estate, who have brought the lawsuit, the doctor providing treatment should have recognized that Ms. Bakley’s symptoms were not due to obstructive jaundice, as diagnosed, but should have checked for signs of a gastrointestinal bleed. The bleed in Ms. Bakley’s stomach, which contributed to her death, was due to a pyloric ulcer, a condition which is normally treatable with antacids.
It is claimed that the doctor treating this patient should have recognized the symptoms as being those associated with a pyloric ulcer, rather than obstructive jaundice.
When you, or a loved one, visit a doctor or medical center for healthcare, you place your trust in their ability to accurately diagnose and treat your illness or injury. Although the majority of medical practitioners are dedicated to doing the best job possible, failings to occur. Did you know that medical errors are currently the third most common cause of death in America?
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when the treatment provided falls well short of what could reasonably be expected in the circumstances, causing the patient to sustain injuries, or die. Some examples of medical malpractice encountered by our Cooper City attorneys include:
- Errors when administering anesthetics
- Negligence or a failure to exercise sufficient caution and provide a high-level of care to a patient brought into an E.R
- Hospital malpractice, or medical malpractice on the part of an independent contractor working within the hospital
- Misuse or failure of a medical device
- Failure to diagnose conditions including, but not limited to, cancer, brain tumors, ectopic pregnancies, and infections
If you have sustained injuries due to medical malpractice, or a loved one has died as a result of medical negligence, you can file a lawsuit to recover damages, including medical bills and funeral expenses. However, as medical malpractice law is particularly complicated, you should enlist the expertise of a Cooper City medical malpractice attorney first.
Consult with a Cooper City Medical Malpractice Attorney Today
The statute of limitations relating to medical malpractice and negligence means that you must file your lawsuit within strict legal timescales. To make sure you present a strong case before the deadline passes, schedule your consultation with an expert Cooper City medical malpractice attorney by calling 954-438-1000 today.