An Ohio woman is suing Emcare of West Virigina and medical staff employed there for failing to take her late husband’s medical history into account when diagnosing him in the emergency room.
Thomas McKee visited the Wheeling Hospital ER several times in late March 2012 following a heart procedure to insert a stent and treat a heart infarction and anemia. Following the procedure, McKee returned to the hospital emergency room, complaining of forearm pain and nausea. He was diagnosed with an elbow sprain and sent home with Percoset. The following day, McKee was sent back to the ER and was transferred to Ruby Hospital for sepsis, where he later died.
McKee’s wife Rebecca, the executor of his estate, is suing Emcare, Michael T. Schnupp PA-C, Katherine L. Arenz D.O. and Wheeling Hospital Inc., for wrongful death in the case. She says the defendants failed to take McKee’s medical history into account when treating him, resulting in his death.
In medical malpractice cases, the prosecution has to prove three things to make a solid case for malpractice: negligence, proximate cause, and injuries. What that means is that first, you must be able to prove that the doctor in question did something another similarly trained doctor would not have done in a similar situation that violated the standard of good medical care. Second, you must be able to link those actions directly to a specific injury. Third, you must be able to prove that an injury occurred, and quantify the cost of that injury, both in terms of dollars and quality of life. Typically, a doctor’s testimony is required to make the case for all three points.
Bouchillon, Crossan & Colburn can help you with all kinds of medical malpractice claims in West Virginia. If you or a loved one has been injured and is seeking a qualified personal injury attorney, contact our Huntington, West Virginia office to speak with an attorney about your case, or call 304-523-8451.