A Houston hospital and one of its physicians are at the center of a legal storm after the family of a young man who died in the hospital filed a wrongful death claim in early September.
According to the lawsuit, Baldomero Flores went to Doctors Hospital-Tidwell in December 2013 to seek treatment after battling a fever. The suit alleges that Flores was denied medical care for more than 40 minutes, as the hospital haggled with him over how he would pay for the emergency medical care.
Flores was originally transported via ambulance to Doctors Hospital-Tidwell after symptoms became progressively worse, further intensifying after arriving at the hospital. According to the medical examiner that performed the autopsy, Flores died as a result of anaphylactic shock that was caused by an allergic reaction to medication he had administered by another doctor for the fever earlier in the day.
Flores’ girlfriend, who was at the hospital on the day of his death, further alleges in the claim that medical staff did not rush to his aid, despite worsening symptoms. She also alleges that Flores did not receive necessary treatment – a critical shot of epinephrine – for more than an hour-and-a-half after arriving in the emergency room.
The CEO of the hospital recently told news outlets that the hospital was in the process of engaging a lawyer, while maintaining that the hospital provided Flores with the proper medical care. She also confirmed that the doctor named in the lawsuit is no longer employed at the hospital.
Pursuing Your Wrongful Death Claim
Wrongful death is best described as an untimely passing that is directly caused by the negligent actions, or inactions, of another individual or company. Most commonly, these types of untimely passing come in medical care or defective product situations, and the pursuit of such claims requires adequate evidence that proves not only negligence, but that the accident could have been easily avoided under reasonable caution.
Texas state law allows spouses, parents or children of the deceased the legal right to pursue wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of a deceased loved one. When family members decide to pursue wrongful death claims, it is typically a representative of the estate who works to pursue damages on behalf of the grieving family.
While an untimely death can occur at any time, some of the most common incidents that result in wrongful death include:
- Car wrecks caused by drunk or distracted driving
- 18 wheeler crashes
- Premises liability
- Work-related accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Airplane accidents
- Offshore accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Defective or otherwise dangerous products
The wrongful death attorneys at Charles J. Argento have been representing individuals in such claims for nearly 30 years. Our compassionate and dedicated team of legal experts understands that losing a loved one is difficult to overcome, and we are committed to helping you achieve a favorable resolution.
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your wrongful death claim, our attorneys are dedicated to helping you build the strongest case that we possibly can.
If you have lost someone you love as a result of someone else’s negligence, we encourage you to call us today. To schedule your complimentary initial consultation, call our wrongful death attorneys at (713) 225-5050.