Denton Resident Sues for Wrongful Death in Dallas Medical Malpractice Case
- May 13, 2015
- Medical Malpractice
Richard Evans passed away at the Denton Regional Medical Center. He initially came into the hospital at about 8 p.m. complaining about constipation. Evans stated that he had been constipated for several days, but the nurse in charge of the ER thought that he looked stable because he was not sweating profusely, but he was in pain.
He underwent a CT scan to try to diagnose his condition, but the nurse noticed that Evans was struggling to breathe later on. The medical staff refers to the condition as “guppy breathing,” and the patient acts like they are drowning. The patient becomes very agitated and struggles to intake air. In Evans’ case, a nurse and respiratory therapist arrived almost immediately to try to help him.
He appeared to stabilize and the nurse moved him to the Red Zone, a much more critical section of the ER. However, later in the evening, Evans stopped breathing. Doctors gave him medicine and tried to resuscitate him, but failed. Doctors pronounced him dead. The ER nurse that was in charge had to break the news to the family who was waiting in the hospital chapel.
The hospital is unsure what caused Evans’ death. The ER nurse believed that some kind of medical errors occurred that led to Evans’ death. She initially stated that she thought that they had given him too much morphine. Another nurse, a traveling nurse who was very experienced, administered the morphine. The nurse in charge of the ER did not supervise the traveling nurse because of her extensive experience.
The Medical Malpractice Suit
Richard Evans’ wife, Regina was convinced that her husband’s death was not an act of God. She looked into the history of the traveling nurse who administered the morphine. She informed the Denton Police Department that the traveling nurse had already been charged six times by the Texas Board of Nursing for various violations. In fact, one of the violations was for falsifying documents related to Evans’ death. The traveling nurse did not monitor Evans properly and did not assess and document his status correctly.
However, the Board’s investigation closed when they determined that the large amount of morphine that should not have been administered and the falsified documents were not done deliberately. Although the Texas Board of Nursing sanctioned the traveling nurse, they did not suspend her license.
Regina has brought a medical malpractice case in Dallas County district court against Denton Regional Medical Center, Questcare Medical Services, the traveling nurse, and two doctors. She is using this case to find answers about her husband’s death. This is fairly common in medical malpractice cases because the patient’s family members may not know what went wrong or why the death occurred.
There are many reasons to file a wrongful death suit, and they will vary depending on the individual and their situation. For Regina Evans, it would be nice to have some of her husband’s funeral expenses and medical bills paid with the damages, but that is not her real goal. Even if Regina does not receive any damages in this case, she will likely receive what she is really after—answers.
If someone you love has been involved in a similar situation, contact a Dallas wrongful death attorney to discuss your case.