Urgent care facilities in Maryland have been hailed as a benefit to the health care system as they can typically handle non-critical cases more quickly than an emergency room. If a patient is too ill to be treated at the urgent care facility, he or she is typically referred to the nearest hospital. In one case in another state, this referral was not made, and the result was a medical malpractice lawsuit against the facility.
A woman was experiencing breathing problems and went to her nearby urgent care facility. After examining her, they sent her home with an inhaler and told her that her symptoms should improve. The woman died the following day reportedly due to the presence of blood clots in her lungs.
According to the suit, when the woman went initially sought treatment, her condition should have been recognized as critical. The statement continued to say that a person in such critical condition should have been transported by ambulance to the nearest hospital. The lawsuit went to trial, and the jury’s verdict was for a settlement in the amount of $9 million.
It is difficult for a person to know when medical symptoms are serious and dangerous versus uncomfortable and unpleasant. Medical professionals in Maryland and around the country attend years of schooling and training so that they can recognize serious symptoms. Failure to recognize dangerous medical conditions can have dire and tragic consequences. In such a situation, a conversation with a personal injury attorney can provide information on whether a medical malpractice lawsuit is a viable option.