Ohio Malpractice Lawsuit Filed Over Misdiagnosed Cardiac Arrest

A medical malpractice lawsuit was filed last month against an Ohio hospital for failure to diagnose cardiac arrest and heart failure when a 62 year-old woman arrived at the hospital by ambulance with symptoms of the problems. After being discharged with a diagnosis of headaches and shortness of breath, she died later that day.

The Ohio wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the family of Eva Walker in Licking County Common Pleas Court, against Licking Memorial Hospital and Dr. Randy E. Jones, according to a report in the Newark Advocate.

The family alleges that Walker was taken to the hospital on April 13, 2009 with symptoms of cardiac arrest, but she was sent home without being admitted to the hospital on April 14, and she died the same day from cardiac arrest and chronic heart failure.

Did You Know?

Millions of Philips CPAP Machines Recalled

Philips DreamStation, CPAP and BiPAP machines sold in recent years may pose a risk of cancer, lung damage and other injuries.

Learn More

Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops pumping, causing blood pressure to fall dramatically. If untreated, cardiac arrest always leads to death. Most cases of cardiac arrest are determined by a lack of pulse or other signs that circulation has stopped. However, checking for a pulse frequently leads to misdiagnosis, even by healthcare professionals.

In 2000, the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) recommended that medical personnel look for signs of circulation, but not specifically limit such checks to the pulse.

According to Resuscitation Council UK, the chances of survival for a person suffering from cardiac arrest decrease by 10% every minute the condition is not diagnosed.


"*" indicates required fields

Share Your Comments

I authorize the above comments be posted on this page*

Have Your Comments Reviewed by a Lawyer

Provide additional contact information if you want an attorney to review your comments and contact you about a potential case. This information will not be published.

NOTE: Providing information for review by an attorney does not form an attorney-client relationship.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

More Top Stories

Bard Argues Hernia Mesh Lawsuits Previously Selected for Bellwether Trials Are No Longer
Bard Argues Hernia Mesh Lawsuits Previously Selected for Bellwether Trials Are No Longer "Representative" (Posted 6 days ago)

Bard claims two cases selected for the third and fourth bellwether trials are no longer representative of the litigation due to the plaintiffs' worsening injuries and need for additional surgeries due to their failed hernia mesh products.