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Family awarded $3.3M following death of pharmacy student

Most of us have experienced an illness or injury that required us to seek care from medical professionals. All medical professionals have a standard of care to adhere to when diagnosing, testing, and treating patients, and failure to adhere to this standard is a form of medical malpractice. In many cases, hospital staff and physicians ignore or miss key symptoms and end up discharging a patient too early. As a result, symptoms may worsen and the patient may suffer permanent injuries or death.

One case that highlights the dangers posed by medical negligence arose in 2012 when a pharmacy student with lupus died after being discharged without a necessary medical test. The family of the student filed a lawsuit against the hospital and was recently awarded $3.3 million, including $1.3 million in economic damages and $2 million in non-economic damages.

The student was taken to the emergency room with severe shortness of breath that was quickly worsening, as well as neurologic symptoms. According to the lawsuit, the student's face became numb on one side and her speech became slurred, symptoms that should have warranted a blood test. However, the blood test was apparently never ordered, and the student was sent home. When the student returned to the hospital about 32 hours later, it was too late to save her life.

Sadly, instances of medical malpractice like this are more common than many realize. So, if you or a loved one is the victim of medical negligence, then you should carefully consider taking legal action. After all, you may be entitled to economic and non-economic damages. The amount of damages you recover, if any, will depend on the severity of your injuries and the nature of the negligence that occurred. Skilled legal professionals stand ready to assist in building a case that seeks to impose liability and demonstrate the extent of your or your loved one's damages.

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