Going to the emergency room can be scary for residents of San Mateo. Many times, a patient has a serious, unknown condition that requires prompt care. Emergency room doctors must work fast and accurately to save lives. Despite the pressure, many doctors succeed in their job. Yet, sometimes a doctor error or other mistakes occur that cause harm to the patient. A recently filed lawsuit helps show how this can happen and what those who have been wronged by a doctor can do about it.
According to the lawsuit, in 2009 a woman died from swine flu after receiving inadequate care from emergency room personnel. The claim accuses medical professionals of negligence for failing to properly examine her condition and instead, on two separate occasions, advising her to follow up with her treating physician. The plaintiff suggests the fact that one of her sons had tested positive for H1N1 should have been a sign of the seriousness of the situation, but the lawsuit claims she was never seen by a doctor.
Source: Independent Record, “St. Peter’s sued over 2009 swine flu death”