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When Ohio residents fear that they have a medical issue, it is not uncommon for them to visit emergency rooms or seek medical attention from other appropriate outlets. Unfortunately, some individuals may continue to suffer even after attempting to seek treatment. Medical malpractice could cause individuals to suffer unnecessarily or, in the worst cases, even lose their lives.

A case of medical malpractice in another state led to the death of a patient, and as a result, the family was recently awarded compensation after a jury trial. The situation reportedly began in 2008 when a 73-year-old man went to the emergency room due to experiencing pain in his chest. The man was admitted to the hospital two days after his second visit to the ER. His primary care physician attended to his case, but apparently, the doctor did not take the appropriate steps to care for the patient.

The man died three days after his hospital admittance. As a result of his death, the man’s family filed a legal claim for medical malpractice. The trial lasted two weeks, and the jury deliberated for four hours before siding with the family. The family was awarded $950,000 in compensation for their loss and other damages.

Deciding to take legal action may be a choice that some individuals are uncertain about. However, as this case indicates, individuals who have lost loved ones due to medical malpractice may be entitled to compensation for resulting damages. If Ohio residents believe they have been in a similar situation and faced medical malpractice, they may wish to explore their options for taking legal action of their own.

Source: pantagraph.com, “Ford County jury returns $950,000 verdict“, Edith Brady-Lunny, Dec. 16, 2015