A recently-filed lawsuit claims that a father of three died in the emergency room of a Houston hospital after his treatment was delayed while hospital administrators sought payment for the man’s care. The 32 year old man went to the emergency room of Doctors Hospital Tidwell when he developed a high fever and swelling in his throat. He received an emergency tracheotomy and epinephrine for an allergic reaction.
According to the lawsuit, during the time leading up to his treatment, hospital staff asked the man’s girlfriend how he would pay for his care since he didn’t have insurance. Hospital staff then allegedly delayed providing him with medical screening and treatment in order to ask about payment, in violation of federal law. His girlfriend says that she fought with nurses over a surgical mask put on the man while he was having trouble breathing, and that she was thrown out of the room by a doctor.
The hospital denies the claims, saying that the man was seen within 25 minutes after arriving at the ER. In order to prove the case, the family must show the doctors and/or other hospital staff committed willful and wanton negligence, which is a high standard to meet. In addition, under Texas law, damages are limited.
In Texas, it can be difficult to prove medical malpractice. However, if you have been seriously injured or a loved one has been killed by a medical professional’s negligence, it’s worth evaluating your legal options. Call the Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. Our attorneys can help you evaluate your legal options. You can learn more about our firm on Facebook.