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Bronx man forgotten about at hospital dies from injury

People in New York are hurt every day or suffer from various illnesses. These people do not always rush to the hospital to receive care, but when they do there is an expectation that they will receive the proper care. They expect the medical professionals at the hospital will conduct the correct tests and make the correct diagnosis to treat the problem. Sometimes the injury may be at a point where nothing can be done, but people expect the medical professionals to do their best.

While sometimes medical professionals may make mistakes while caring for a patient, people, at the very least expect the medical personnel to remember that they have a patient. Unfortunately for one man and his family, a hospital lost track of a patient after an initial screening and the man ended up slipping into a coma in the hospital with no one noticing.

The man came into the hospital after being punched in the head. There was an initial screening and then the man was told to wait in a certain area for observation before leaving the hospital. However, the hospital staff forgot to observe the man. No one even checked on the man for nine hours. During this time, the man slipped into a coma and ended up dying from his injuries, which did not seem overly serious initially.

The man's family has now filed a medical malpractice lawsuit, claiming that the hospital was negligent and if they would have properly observed the man, they could have acted sooner and could have saved his life.

Many people in New York suffer what may seem like minor injuries, but become much worse later on. That is why it is important that medical professionals monitor these patients and act quickly if the circumstances take a turn for the worse. If they do not, then things like happened to the man above can happen to others. Individuals who are worse off because of neglect at a hospital may want to seek compensation for these errors. These are very fact specific cases though, so those wishing to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit may want to discuss their situation with an attorney.

Source: nydailynews.com, "Shocking video shows Bronx man when slips into coma after nine hours of neglect at hospital," Greg B. Smith, Sept. 26, 2017

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