A lawsuit has been brought against the Iowa Lutheran Hospital, several first responders, an unnamed doctor and the city of Des Moines itself by the fiancé of a man who suffered brain damage in 2018. According to the lawsuit, the man sought treatment for a respiratory illness in 2018. When a doctor saw the patient struggling to breathe, he advised that he go to the emergency room. The EMTs in the ambulance managed to intubate him after several failed attempts but removed the tube because he was coughing up blood.
Part of the lawsuit alleges that the nearest doctor refused to go to Iowa Lutheran Hospital to treat the patient. The patient went into cardiac arrest. He was eventually revived but suffered brain damage and has been in a vegetative state since. The man’s fiancé is suing the hospital and the individuals involved for hospital negligence, which she claims is the direct cause of his brain injury.
What to do in cases of hospital negligence
If an individual suspects that they or a family member have been the victims of hospital negligence, they might find it beneficial to speak with an attorney who is experienced in medical malpractice. An attorney might be able to evaluate the situation and determine if a successful lawsuit is possible.
Additionally, an attorney may help the client gather evidence to prove that the hospital staff acted in a way that caused sickness, injury or death. By working with an attorney, the client may be able to sue the responsible party for damages regarding medical bills, physical suffering and emotional anguish. An attorney might also help determine whether there are multiple liable parties to include in the claim.