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  • Wrongful Death – Failure to Diagnose GI Bleed Leading to Patient’s Death: Ford v. McLaren Oakland

Sommers Schwartz attorneys Matthew Turner and Michael McCullough filed a medical malpractice lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a man who died after doctors failed to timely diagnose and treat his anemia caused by his undiagnosed gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. 

According to the wrongful death complaint, the decedent presented to the defendant hospital with signs of hypotension. Despite ample indication he was likely experiencing GI bleeding, the attending physicians committed numerous diagnostic errors that prevented them from appreciating the seriousness of the decedent’s condition. These mistakes included failing to take the decedent’s medical history into account, not performing a digital rectal exam or Nasogastric Lavage to look for blood, not addressing the decedent’s anemia, and failing to obtain a GI consult upon the decedent’s admission to the hospital.

Because of the doctors’ negligence, the treating physicians did not recognize or treat the decedent’s anemia or GI bleeding, causing him to go into hypovolemic shock and die.

The hospital malpractice lawsuit seeks compensation for the decedent’s pain and suffering, medical and funeral expenses, his family’s loss of companionship and services, and other damages.  

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