Earlier this week, our firm’s Attorney Celine Boyle presented an
opening statement prior to a civil trial against a doctor who is being
sued for medical malpractice.
In 2011, an 84-year-old woman passed away in the Franklin Memorial Hospital
after sustaining medical complications related to pneumonia, congestive
heart failure, obstructive pulmonary diseases, and more. Immediately after
her death, the woman’s granddaughter filed a lawsuit, stating the
medical staff breached the standard of care owed during the treatment
of her grandmother.
The claims state the doctor did not consider the woman’s case of
pneumonia while he performed her diagnosis. The woman was discharged from
the hospital and placed in a nursing home, following the doctor’s
orders. The doctor allegedly failed to stabilize the woman’s breathing
before releasing her from hospital care. The woman’s granddaughter
and Attorney Boyle stated this alleged form of negligence is what caused
the woman’s death no more than three hours after her release.
Prior to the woman’s hospitalization, she began experiencing unusual
signs of persistent drowsiness. After the woman fell from a chair while
sleeping, she was admitted to Frathe Hospital. A different doctor recommended
she be placed under 24-hour case. Her family complied.
Shortly after, the woman began suffering from difficulty breathing. At
this point, the family was advised to take her to the doctor who allegedly
performed negligent health care services for the woman’s conditions.
While the doctor treated the woman’s pulmonary disease condition,
he allegedly failed to consider pneumonia as a cause of her ailment. This
is when the doctor instructed the family to place her in a nursing facility
although the woman was suffering from major hallucination and difficult
The trial is expected to persist for a total of five days and conclude
on December 7. The trial will take place at the Franklin County Superior Court.
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