Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Regarding Undiagnosed Blood Clot Goes to Trial

Lawsuit filed over undiagnosed blockage in the lungsThe trial brought against Dr. Kenneth Toppell by the family of the deceased Peggy Jones recently began.

The medical malpractice suit brought against the Texas doctor by the plaintiffs accuses him of failing to diagnose a blood clot in Jones, allegedly leading to her death, the Southeast Texas Record reports.

Jones was admitted to the care of the defendant when she went to Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital in 2007 complaining of shortness of breath and general fatigue. The defendant allegedly prescribed 4 liters of oxygen and proceeded to discharge the woman without further treatment, according to the news source.

The next day, Jones allegedly experienced severe respiratory arrest that required her to be taken back to the hospital by emergency helicopter. Court papers indicate that she was experiencing right heart strain, which is reportedly suggestive of pulmonary embolism, a blockage in the lungs which can be fatal. 

Jones allegedly died of the embolism after being classified by her family as a "do not resuscitate" patient.

The plaintiffs claim that the doctor failed to diagnose the pulmonary embolism, and request damages for Jones' pain and suffering and medical costs.