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Failure To Diagnose Pneumonia - $900,000 Medical Malpractice Settlement

This case involved a 63 year old woman who had been treating with the same doctor for years and had been complaining of shortness of breath. Again and again, the doctor told her that it was nothing and suggested that she purchase an over-the-counter cough medicine despite what had progressed into a severe dry cough and an inability to sleep. When asked for a referral to a specialist, the doctor told her that it was unnecessary. Then over the next period of months, she continued to experience cough, fever, loss of appetite and shortness of breath. The client sought a second opinion at a clinic and was immediately diagnosed with an advanced stage of pneumonia with one collapsed lung and the other only partially functional. Although treatment was immediately initiated, her condition was too severe by this time and she eventually succumbed to her illness and died. On behalf of her grown children, a lawsuit was filed and after much negotiation with the medical insurer, a settlement in the amount of $900,000.00 was agreed upon by her surviving family members.

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