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Radiologist failed to diagnose brain aneurysm

A VA hospital in Pennsylvania was at the center of a $5.3 million verdict provided to the family of a woman that died of a brain aneurysm. The woman had been under the care of the facility for some time, and it was the suspected negligence and medical malpractice of a radiologist that resulted in a subarachnoid hemorrhage never being treated.

Apparently, the radiologist in question did not properly interpret or report the results of a CT scan that was taken of the woman. Treatment was to be based upon what the scan illustrated, but two weeks after the scan the woman died.

Sadly, medical malpractice affects many other individuals besides the patient. It's difficult to estimate the costs that the woman's family will incur due to her sudden death. The woman was a wage earner and caregiver that provided both financial and emotional support for her family.

In particular, the woman in question was the mother of a son that suffered from severe mental retardation, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and a number of other ailments. The deceased patient had been the caretaker of this child right up until the time of her death. It is now estimated that it will cost approximately $84,760 just to take care of the child.

Often, such families do not even know where to begin after such a loss. It's difficult to place a price tag upon such an individual's services, but attorneys that practice in the medical malpractice field can at least provide a reasonable estimate to reimburse for their loss so that the family does not have to endure even more unnecessary suffering.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Judge awards $5.3 million to family of deceased VA patient," by Saranic Hale Spencer, August 6, 2012

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