The Washington medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that the woman was transported by ambulance to the emergency room with complaints of severe stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting. She was assessed as being in critical condition and needing immediate medical attention…medicalmalpracticelawyers.com, Washington Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Alleges More Than Four-Hour Delay Led To Death In ER Lobby, Dec 2023
The Washington medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that a physician documented the woman as being “critically ill with significant risk to decompensate and even death, requiring prompt bedside evaluation and intervention.” A comprehensive metabolic panel was ordered, but the test was not done for five hours (until after the woman had already died), which showed low potassium that could have been corrected if the condition had been known earlier. An autopsy reportedly stated that the woman “had acute and chronic (pancreatitis) with pseudocyst resulting in probable” irregular heartbeat.
The Washington lawsuit was filed months after nurses at the hospital warned about dangerously low staffing and long wait times at the hospital.