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Medical malpractice: Allergic reaction leads to untimely death

Upon visiting a medical facility for any manner of procedure, patients in Tennessee and elsewhere may rely on doctors to keep constant watch over their conditions. Any complications that occur during this period may need to be addressed swiftly to prevent a patient from suffering severe harm to health. A jury has recently awarded a family in another state a judgment of just under $30 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit after a woman died due to an allergic reaction to a contrast dye applied prior to a CT scan.

The incident reportedly began when the woman visited the facility to undergo a scheduled CT scan for unspecified reasons. While preparing her for the scan, medical professionals applied a contrast dye to the patient. The woman reportedly had an allergic reaction to the dye and went into anaphylactic shock, and after losing consciousness, she was unfortunately pronounced dead.

According to the lawsuit, the doctor who was administering the scan failed to take the necessary steps to treat the reaction. The lawsuit states that the doctor failed to keep close watch over her condition after giving her Benadryl, and failed to administer additional medications to treat the reaction. The doctor was reportedly found negligent in the treatment of the patient, and her surviving family members were awarded a substantial monetary judgment during court proceedings.

Having to experience the loss of a loved one due to the negligence of a medical professional is something no family should have to endure. Those who encounter a similar situation could choose to consult with an attorney for advice on the available options for legal recourse. An attorney can assist a client in Tennessee in pursuing the full amount of restitution entitled through a medical malpractice claim against the party or parties deemed responsible.

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