Boca Raton, FL asked in Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and Medical Malpractice for Pennsylvania

Q: If a hospital gave a wrong diagnosis and didn’t find an infection that led to death can they be held liable?

My Dad had Melanoma skin cancer and was on the medicine Eliquis where his whole body was covered in rashes, they told him it wasn’t the medicine and it continued to get worse. The hospitals didn’t wrap the infections and let him go with over the counter cream. In which turned into Sepsis/Staff infection which caused him to Die. He went to 2 big hospitals and neither were able to diagnose why the rash happened or why his sodium was low and he was fainting. Can they be held liable?

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A Pennsylvania attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. I'm very sorry for the loss of your father. The best way to answer your question would be to reach out to med mal law firms to try to arrange a free initial consult. That's the norm in the industry with most law firms. You describe the legal theory of failure-to-diagnose, among other possible elements. A chronology is not included in your post, but if you and your family are interested in exploring your legal rights here, it would be better to act sooner than later. Depending on the type of facility(s), there could be shortened statutes of limitations and notice of claim requirements. Good luck

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