I am trying to answer a possible cause of death scenario where a patient X walked into the ER, complaining about extreme headaches, and screaming. Patient also displayed slurred speech, past heroin use but in submission for three months, suboxone withdrawal. Patient exhibited spitting out gibberish, extreme restlessness. Patient also was seen twice, on prior days back to back at a different ER complaining of the same symptoms also with a fever of a 101.5, chills, some form of infection, but yet was prescribe no antibiotics etc. Patient X was prescribe medicine for cold. While in last ER, Patient X initial labs revealed sepsis, was prescribed Haldol within one hour, then immediately the entire body locked up, went into a extreme rigged position with the head tilted all the way back and to the right, then never regained consciousness ( there is a medical term for it, but do not remember it), and within for hours, went into anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest" — brain damage due to lack of oxygen. Patient X Vital sign monitor devices were removed and never put back on, parent had to go back and forth multiple times complaining to ER staff about daughters behavior, each time they put back on her monitoring devices, had no permanent and continuous way to monitor Patient X. Was informed by the Cardiac Care unit later that night they called parents and asked when exactly did patient X go into CA and how long did she go w/o oxygen. At 11:38 pm patient was pronounced dead due to anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest" — brain damage due to lack of oxygen! Thank you!!!
Do you have reason to believe the cause of death you list in the last sentence is incorrect?
NO, it was verified by coroner CAD: pronounced dead due to anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest" — brain damage due to lack of oxygen!
The initial coroner called immediately and asked the parents about doing Organ Donation, Blood, and Tissue Donation. One Hour later, parents were informed Patient Autopsy was handed over to Regional Coroner Control, were informed it would take two to eight weeks for Final Report. NOTE:Final Coroner and informed patients parents that we should attain LEGAL COUNSEL! WHICH is in the Process, but said parents are seeking any advice on select a sound Counsel, and any advice on how to proceed, how to select trusting counsel, we are lost and seeking answers!!!ANY HELP ANYONE:(:(:(:(:(:mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
Get that lawyer. Quick.
Thank you so much!!!
So, the coroner pretty much concluded patient died from … death.
“happy easter” to all!!!
Really? I didn’t mean to be rude or to come off as dismissive. I’m sorry if you felt like I was.
We can’t help you except to say get counsel. We cannot know all the details.
You are clearly upset at the care your loved one received. And I’m truly sorry for that.
We are just a random collection MB members. I wish you peace and good luck.
I’m very sorry for your loss. I’m afraid I have no practical advice. Except, if it’s not too late to donate organs, maybe do it? Salvage some good from a shitty situation?
Since this involves both medical and possible legal advice, it is better suited to IMHO.
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I know nothing about patient X. Meningitis can lead to seizures or herniation that can cause resp arrest and anoxic brain injury.
Where are you located?
I agree that you should find an attorney.
You might want to ask the mods to change your thread title so you get an answer to your questions about how to find legal counsel.
You might start by going to the American Bar Association website. You can enter your location and other information and get a list of attorneys specializing in wrongful death or malpractice or whatever specific area pertains. You can then check out those names on sites like yelp. Another possibility is asking around for the name of a reliable attorney and calling that person’s office to get a referral, although that’s not necessarily any more reliable.
Beckdawrek **is right that none of us are able to give you much specific help. It sounds like a truly hellacious experience, and I’m sorry for your loss. I hope you get answers and the help you’re seeking.