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Man Suffers Stroke Due to Withheld Medication

Oct 24, 2017

Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2017 – A Waco hospital is being sued for failure to provide a patient with stroke prevention medication after a medical procedure in 2015. The plaintiff, a 78-year-old man, seeks more than $1 million in his medical malpractice lawsuit.

According to documents filed in the case, the patient, was admitted to the hospital for shortness of breath and a rapid pulse. After being diagnosed in the emergency room with atrial flutter, the doctor ordered Lovenox, an anticoagulant to prevent clotting. However, hospital records do not show that the drug was ever given to the patient as prescribed.

The following day, a cardiologist also ordered Lovenox. Again, no records indicate that the medication was given. In the meantime, the physician performed a procedure to restore the patient’s normal heart rhythm.
Following the procedure, the doctor ordered that Xarelto, a newer anticoagulant, that allegedly prevents stokes. The lawsuit alleges that this order was also not carried out because a nurse practitioner had apparently administered a different drug, one that had previously been ordered but rescinded. The court documents further indicated that the doctor was not consulted. The medication errors were not discovered until after the patient was discharged and subsequently suffered a stroke.

The subsequent medical negligence lawsuit filed by the family claims the hospital was negligent in its care of the patient. Filing a lawsuit allows plaintiffs to recover compensation for things such as medical costs and lost wages and helps to hold a medical professional or medical facility responsible for negligence.

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