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Woman Dies After Six-Hour Emergency Room Wait, Parents File $2 Million Lawsuit

Published September 9, 2010 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

A 25-year-old graduate student died while waiting for treatment at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield, Oregon, reports the Associated Press. Her parents have filed a $2 million wrongful death lawsuit against the PeaceHealth hospital group.

According to records, the young woman went to the hospital’s emergency room around noon on December 23, 2008. After a triage evaluation listed all the symptoms indicative of a pulmonary embolism, she was classified as a Level 3, on a triage scale of 1 to 5, and told to wait for a physician to evaluate her. At 6:30pm the doctor saw her and strongly suspected she had a pulmonary embolism and ordered a CT angiogram to confirm his diagnosis. The scan was never done due to her declining condition.

At 7:15 pm she went into cardiac and respiratory arrest and was pronounced dead at 9:30 pm.

The lawsuit contends the long wait to see a physician proved fatal for their daughter. They seek $500,000 in economic damages, $500,000 for their daughter’s pain and suffering, and $1 million for the loss of their daughter’s society, support, services, love and companionship.

Wrongful death cases are always emotional. You should not release anyone from liability without first knowing all of you legal rights and what redress is available to you and your family. Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, has vast experience in wrongful death law suits. If you feel you or a loved one has suffered due to wrongful death, call our 24- hour answering service at (607) 235-2754 or contact us via our online contact form. There are no case-review costs.

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