On June 29, 2018, Sommers Schwartz attorney Matthew Turner filed a wrongful death suit for the estate of a hypoglycemic man who died while residing in the defendant assisted living facility. According to the complaint, the decedent was found to have a blood sugar level of 46 on the morning of January 28, 2016, but the defendant’s medical personnel failed to administer glucagon or even contact a doctor. Shortly thereafter, the decedent fell while trying to get out of bed.
When EMS arrived, the decedent had a blood sugar level of 36 and was hypoxic. He was given oxygen and dextrose and transferred to the hospital. There, he was diagnosed with a fractured ankle and tibia, and underwent surgery. The decedent passed away on May 1, 2016, due to post-operative complications.
The medical malpractice lawsuit alleges the defendants were negligent in their duties and obligations to the decedent, specifically their failure to implement or enforce proper protocol for hypoglycemia, failure to check the decedent’s blood sugar at regular intervals, failure notify a doctor of the decedent’s low blood-sugar level, and failure to administer glucagon to the decedent. The matter is currently pending in Oakland County, Michigan Circuit Court.