Failure to Diagnose Leads to Leg Amputation | Tripp Law Firm – Hernando County Medical Malpractice Attorney

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Over the weekend, I read about a case that involved a male patient who was rushed to the ER with complaints of severe flank pain. The patient’s medical history included a recent diagnosis of kidney stones. The ER physician suspected that the patient was suffering from a significant obstruction of his urinary track that would require immediate treatment. The ER physician ordered a complete range of imaging studies, lab tests, and physical examinations. The patient was given a number of medications for pain and treatment of other symptoms. After the battery of studies, tests and examinations, the patient was admitted to the hospital.

The patient was seen by the doctors several hours later, which discovered that he was lethargic with concerning vital signs and severe 10/10 complaints of pain. During the next several hours, the patient’s condition continued to deteriorate, with his blood pressure and O2 saturation falling significantly. The patient was given more medication for pain and treatment of symptoms.

While the hospital staff was keeping a close watch on his vital signs the doctors noted that the patient’s condition had continued to significantly deteriorate, at which point he was diagnosed with sepsis. As a result of his sepsis, the patient developed a severe case of gangrene in both his feet. Unfortunately, this sad chain of events did not have a favorable outcome. The patient had to have both of his legs amputated from the knee down.

As a result of the physician’s failure to diagnose and treat the patient’s sepsis in a timely matter, the leg amputations were required. Had the hospital staff and doctor’s addressed the symptoms in another manner the patient may have experienced a better outcome had care been given sooner than it was.


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