Death by Medical Malpractice, Pulmonary Embolism – Video
Chet had been working out at the local YMCA when he passed out. Staffed revived him and called his wife. She picked him up and insisted they drive to St. Alexius Hospital Emergency Room to get Chet checked out. The emergency room doctor suspected Chet had a pulmonary embolism. “A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that usually starts in the leg and moves into the lungs. It can be very serious if left untreated,” G. Grant Dixon III said, the Dixon Law Office lawyer for the family. The doctor ordered a series of tests to confirm Chet had a pulmonary embolism.
Sadly, the staff at St. Alexius did not get the tests done a quickly as they should have. “It was the opinion of our experts that they simply forgot about Chet,” Grant said. Still in the ER five hours later, Chet’s body started shaking violently, he was having a seizure. “He had a pulmonary embolism. Because of that, his lungs could not pump air. That meant Chet was suffocating from the inside-out,” Grant said. Though he had been there 5 hours, the doctors still had not treated Chet for a pulmonary embolism before he started seizing. He died in the ER with his wife by his side.
“We took the case on to show that the staff at the hospital did something wrong,” Grant said. Dixon Law Office staff pursued the case for more than 5 years, through trial. “After the trial we were able to secure a large settlement on behalf of the family,” Grant said.