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Family says medical negligence led to elderly man's death

California residents may be interested to learn about a wrongful death lawsuit that was filed against two health care providers in Louisiana. The family of an 88-year-old man who died shortly after taking a fall sued the doctor and nurse practitioner that were responsible for the elderly man's care. The wife and daughter of the deceased man are seeking financial compensation for various damages including medical expenses, pain and suffering and mental anguish.

According to the plaintiffs in the medical negligence lawsuit, their loved one had several existing conditions, including dementia, hypothyroidism, anxiety and kidney disease, when he fainted in a local restaurant. After fainting, the man was taken to a hospital where his blood pressure medication was adjusted after several tests. He was then moved to a nursing home, and the defendant doctor became responsible for his care.

The plaintiffs say that the doctor initially ordered alarms for the patient's wheelchair but later discontinued the order. After the patient fell, he was brought back to the hospital and diagnosed with head trauma. Hospital staff also noted that the man had not eaten in three days. The plaintiffs say that the man's subsequent death one day after checking into the hospital was partially caused by medical negligence, poorly trained nursing home staff and inadequate medical assessments.

There are often many different health care providers involved in one patient's care, and it can be difficult to find out exactly what went wrong before a patient's death. A family that believes their loved one was a victim of medical negligence may want to have a lawyer help them conduct an investigation to determine who should be responsibility.

Source: LouisianaRecord.com, "Family of elderly man who died after fall sue doctor, nurse practitioner," Kyle Barnett, Aug. 4, 2015

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