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Understanding when a medical malpractice claim is the right move

Losing a loved one is never easy. Even when a person has lived a long, full life, it can be hard to say goodbye. Keeping in this mind, it's understandable why people feel upset and frustrated when a loved one's death could have been prevented. When put into this position, people may not know what can be done to respond to the situation.

When a person is experiencing health issues, on the other hand, seeking the assistance of a medical professional is the first logical step. By doing so, the well-being of an individual is put in the hands of medical professionals, which requires trust. Unfortunately, that trust can be broken. In certain cases, doctors or other health care providers will pursue an ill-advised course of treatment.

This appears to be what happened in the case of a beloved figure in South Carolina. In 2012, former University of South Carolina football coach Jim Carlen passed away while in the care of a nursing home. Since the coach's passing, his family has come forward with a medical malpractice claim. The suit indicates Carlen’s doctor at the nursing facility unnecessarily changed his prescription regimen.

At the time Carlen was admitted to the nursing home, he was experiencing some dementia-related issues. Although Carlen's mental and physical capabilities were declining, he was still alert and happy when he was brought in for nursing care. His wife simply couldn't provide the kind of care he needed on her own.

Less than a week after checking into the nursing and hospice facility, Carlen passed away. Apparently, the doctor at the facility took him off of his diabetes and blood pressure medication swapped those drugs for powerful sedatives and painkillers.

Given Carlen's medical condition, he didn't need to have his medication regimen switched. The man's death was accelerated by the course of drugs prescribed by the doctor and administered by staff. It seems as though negligent medical decisions were made, despite the fact that the doctor knew what the outcome of the treatment would be.

When medical professionals understand a person's condition, but still take a misguided approach to treatment, a medical malpractice suit may be in line. Specific steps must be taken in order to move forward with a successful claim in South Carolina, so it's critical to start on a solid footing.

Source: The State, "USC football Coach Carlen’s family alleges rest home killed him," John Monk, April 26, 2014

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