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Medical malpractice lawsuit to follow woman’s death

There is no doubt that doctors in Wisconsin are well-trained professionals with experience diagnosing a range of ailments. Despite their years of training, a patient may be more aware that something is wrong with his or her body than a person who is essentially a stranger. As a result, it may be extremely beneficial for doctors to pay close attention to a patient’s complaints. Unfortunately, one out-of-state woman who refused to leave the hospital after discharge died as she was being escorted from the hospital by police. Family members intend to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in response.

According to reports, the 57-year-old woman sought treatment in the emergency room due to issues she had breathing. She was soon discharged, but refused to leave, apparently feeling that her medical issues were not entirely resolved. Because of her refusal to leave, hospital staff called the police, and the woman was arrested and charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct. She was taken out of the hospital in handcuffs.

However, she collapsed before she could be placed in a police car. The officer sought assistance from doctors and other staff, but the the woman died a few hours later. A medical examiner claims that she died as a result of a blood clot in her lung. The incident is under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

While incidents such as this are rare, even one example of apparent medical malpractice is too much. By filing a lawsuit, those who are suffering from such negligence in Wisconsin can protect others from experiencing similar harm. Additionally, a successfully presented case could result in a monetary award that will help with the costs associated with such negligence, including medical expenses, funeral costs and related financial damages.

Source: NBC News, “Barbara Dawson, Florida Woman, Dies After Being Removed From Hospital“, Jacquellena Carrero and Shamar Walters, Dec. 23, 2015

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