I am very sorry to hear of your loss. To determine whether you have a medical malpractice case, your case, including the medical and hospital records, need to be reviewed by a medical malpractice attorney. If the attorney chooses to accept your case, he or she, will then send the case to the medical review panel of Louisiana, which is required for any case claiming medical malpractice or wrongful death by medical malpractice. Many attorneys offer no charge consultations, so I would recommend finding a medical malpractice attorney in your area that offers such consultations and having a consultation as soon as possible.
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I'm sorry to learn of your loss. The only way to know if there was malpractice is to retain a local med mal lawyer who can order the medical records and send them to an expert to review to ascertain whether there was a breach of the standard of care.
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I am so sorry for this awful situation. It sounds like your wife may have suffered a pulmonary embolism, or a blood clot that formed near the PIC line and traveled to her lungs. This is a situation that really depends on certain details in the medical records. I cannot even guess as to whether this might be malpractice without seeing the records. Things to look for would be whether studies were done to check her clotting, what she complained about to nurses after the PIC line was placed, and what the nurses recorded they saw.
If you would like to talk with me about your case, call my assistant, Megan, at 504-887-2220. I handle cases all over the state and have a number in North Louisiana. Be sure to mention AVVO.
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