Could a Doctor Discontinue My Medication Too Soon?

Posted on September 17, 2014 by Shapiro Law Group

Losing a loved one is never easy, but it is especially tragic when a preventable medical error is to blame. No matter whether that preventable error comes in the form of a failed diagnosis, improper treatment or some other action that goes beyond the bounds of proper procedure, the medical professionals who commit such acts must be held accountable.

Recently, the wife of a Lake Wales man who died of pulmonary thromboembolism filed a medical malpractice suit against his doctor, a home healthcare service and a local medical center. According to, the wife’s suit alleges that her husband’s death was caused by his doctor discontinuing his medication too soon, failing to follow proper procedure in treating him and not correctly diagnosing his condition at the outset.

The woman’s husband initially sought treatment after falling and breaking his hip. Following his injury, he was admitted to the Lake Wales Medical Center, had surgery and received Lovanox injections to prevent deep vein thrombosis. Upon his discharge, the man was referred to Florida’s Choice Home Care for home nursing care.

While at Florida’s Choice Home Care, the man’s Lovanox injections were not continued, despite a doctor’s written order to do so. He had to return to Lake Wales Medical Center soon thereafter, where he was diagnosed with large bilateral pulmonary emboli.

Following his diagnosis, the man was placed on a heparin drip to combat the emboli. However, when his doctor later stopped his heparin drip treatment, his pulmonary emboli caused him to go into cardiac arrest, which eventually proved fatal.

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