Widower files medical malpractice suit against Florida hospital over early discharge

A Florida man has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against an area hospital and doctors after his wife died hours after being discharged from the facility. Many people who have lost a loved one due to the negligence of medical experts seek out legal funding from a lawsuit funding company to help finance the cost of similar litigation.

The Lakeland Ledger reports that Ariel Aguilera filed the suit against Bartow Regional Medical Center, as well as an emergency room doctor and assistant on duty the night his wife, Antonia, died in March 2010.

According to the lawsuit, the hospital discharged Mrs. Aguilera even though she was “unresponsive and not arousable” after she was treated for a migraine headache. The news agency reports that an attending assistant gave her a shot of Dilaudid for the headache and two doses of Zofran for nausea before she fell asleep.

The lawsuit claims that Aguilera was never examined by a doctor but later discharged in a wheelchair and had to be lifted into her car because “she could not be aroused.” She died several hours later.

Bartow Regional typically sees an average of 100 emergency room patients a day, according to the news source.


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