The loss of a loved one is never an easy thing for any St. Louis resident to have to deal with. For many, that loss is compounded by the thought the his or her death may have been prevented if not for the negligent or incompetent acts of another. Whether their losses come as the result of medical malpractice, a motor vehicle accident, or a fatal workplace injury, those affected may seek compensation from those they deem to be responsible through a wrongful death lawsuit.
Such was the course of action for the family of an Illinois woman who recently died because of an undiagnosed lower bowel obstruction. Their lawsuit claims that the doctor who saw her before she died wrote off the lower back and abdominal pain she was experiencing as back spasms and had her admitted simply for observation. A jury ultimately agreed, citing the doctor's failure to run additional tests or transfer the woman to a larger facility in St. Louis for treatment as among the main reasons why they decided to award $2.4 million to the woman's family.