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Sommers Schwartz attorneys Jason J. Thompson, Matthew L. Turner, and Lance C. Young obtained court approval for a $360,000 settlement in a case alleging violations of the ...
  • Wrongful Death – Failure to Timely Treat Sepsis Leads to Patient’s Death: Gabrysiak v. MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena

Sommers Schwartz attorneys Matthew Turner and Alana Denha filed a medical malpractice lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a woman who died after doctors failed to timely recognize and treat her severe infection. 

According to the wrongful death complaint, the decedent presented to the defendant hospital’s emergency room with symptoms and abnormal vital signs that were indicative of a severe infection and met the criteria for sepsis. Notwithstanding that the decedent was experiencing life-threatening symptoms, the physicians, nurses, and otter hospital staff breached their duty of care in several respects that unreasonably delayed treatment that likely would have saved her life. 

Specifically, the defendants failed to prioritize the decedent in triage and communicate the urgency of her condition to proper medical staff, did not recognize that she suffered from an infection based on physical examination findings and lab results, incorrectly completed the sepsis screening, and failed to immediately order blood cultures and broad-spectrum antibiotics.

As a result of the foregoing acts and omissions, the decedent passed away. Had the defendants obtained blood cultures and initiated antibiotics in a timely manner, the decedent would have likely survived with minimal to no disabilities or deficits.  

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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