Man Claims Inadequate Hospital Care Led to Wife’s Death

Man Claims Inadequate Hospital Care Led to Wife's DeathA Florida man whose wife passed away in 2008 has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital where she died, claiming that she was not provided with life-saving medical care.

Janet Ann Jones was allegedly admitted into the emergency room of the Winter Haven Hospital in December of 2008, suffering from low blood pressure and vomiting blood, according to the Florida Ledger. She was seen by emergency care physician Dr. Rory O. Hession.

During her hospital stay, Jones' condition progressively deteriorated until doctors ordered that she be kept comfortable and taken off the ventilator. She reportedly died approximately a week after her admission.

Daniel Jones has filed a lawsuit against the hospital and the University of Florida Board of Trustees, which staffs the hospital's emergency room, claiming that they did not see her quickly enough, did not immediately consult with a gastroenterologist and did not proceed with testing and treatment that may have saved her life. 

"Janet Ann Jones did not get the required necessary treatment in a timely manner, resulting in her death," the Jones' medical malpractice lawsuit states.

According to the National Institutes of Health, the regurgitation of blood is usually caused by bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract. The underlying cause of this bleeding can range from fairly minor to life-threatening, and the symptom reportedly requires immediate medical attention.