Jurors are slated to decide soon whether a 55-year-old man’s death in a Georgia hospital was the result of medical malpractice or simply the result of an aggressive infection over which doctors had no control.
The unfortunate reality is that not every person who dies in the hospital – even after receiving medical treatment – is a victim of medical malpractice. In fact, it may not even be medical malpractice when a doctor makes an error. Determining whether medical malpractice may be at issue involves ascertaining whether the medical professional failed to abide by the applicable standard of care. That standard of care is different from Asheville, NC than it is in Los Angeles, California. It’s different for an emergency room doctor than it is for a neurologist. It’s different for a critical care nurse than it is for a paramedic.
In the case of Harper v. Vick, et al, plaintiff’s wrongful death lawsuit, filed by the decedent’s widow, alleges the specialists – including a pulmonologist and an ear, nose and throat doctor – failed to open her husband’s airway to properly treat the breathing problems she says killed her husband. Continue reading