An Ohio company responsible for staffing emergency rooms has been named in a multimillion-dollar medical malpractice lawsuit filed in another state.
A Greenwich, Connecticut, woman alleges Emergency Medicine Physicians of Ohio and Stamford Health System are responsible for her husband’s 2010 death. The medical malpractice lawsuit also names the physician who treated the woman’s husband prior to his death.
According to the lawsuit, urgent care center negligence led to the man’s death. The woman’s husband visited the Tully Health Center on Feb. 11, 2010, complaining about a pain in his side. Physicians at the Tully Health Center performed a CT scan on the man’s abdomen and then sent him home, the lawsuit alleges.
Nine days after the physician at Tully Health Center sent the man home; he arrived at Stamford Hospital in critical condition. He had blood clots in one or more of the arteries in his lungs, also known as pulmonary embolisms, a CT scan of his chest showed. The man died the next day, the lawsuit says.
The man’s autopsy revealed he had pulmonary embolisms in both lungs, and they had been there for several weeks. The woman’s attorney says if the physician at the Tully Center had done all the proper tests, she would have discovered the pulmonary embolisms.
The man’s wife is seeking several million dollars in compensation for her husband’s death, her attorney says. The suggested damages include a large sum for lost wages. The man was only 46 and had advanced degrees in business administration and chemistry.
The man and his wife immigrated to the United States from Germany. At the time of his death, the man reportedly worked as a director of project and portfolio analysis at a Japanese pharmaceutical company with operations in New York. They couple had a son who was 6-years-old when his father died.
The Tully Health Center is part of the Stamford Health System. Emergency Medicine Physicians provides the emergency room doctors for Stamford Health including the physician who was named in the lawsuit.
Source: The Stamford Advocate, “Greenwich widow files malpractice suit against Tully Center,” Jeff Morganteen, March 5, 2012