Medical malpractice trial to begin in PA doctor's death

Doctors are no different than anyone else in the world, and sometimes they get sick or hurt and need medical care from other doctors. This was the case for a 26-year-old Pennsylvania woman when she entered a Plains Township emergency room. The doctor complained of severe and recurring headaches that did not go away. Sadly, the young doctor passed away and her family alleges negligent behavior amounting to medical malpractice on the part of the medical professionals and hospital staff.

The jury is currently being selected for the case in which the deceased doctor's representatives have alleged that the doctor's untimely death was caused by medical errors that began shortly after her arrival at the hospital. On top of her headache symptoms, the doctor had bruising on her upper and lower body; bruising can be evidence of a blood clot. Despite her symptoms, a CT scan was not ordered until 44 hours after her arrival at the hospital. The suit alleged that an earlier CT scan would have detected the blood clot that eventually caused her death.

This young doctor had her entire life ahead of her until the alleged mistreated blood clot cut her life short. Catastrophic damage from the untreated blood clot put her into a coma where she remained until family members decided to take her off life support.

While this case has yet to play out in court, the decision is much anticipated by both sides. Nothing will bring this young woman back to life, but all of the details of her sudden death should be brought to light. There is much to be learned from a situation such as this. Hopefully her death will serve as a tool for hospitals to learn from her condition.

Source:, "Jury yet to be seated for medical malpractice trial in Dr. Jennifer Sidari death," Joe Dolinsky, Feb. 29, 2016

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