Another Patient Death - Patient Saw NP And Was Sent Home
Family settles lawsuit with Heartland
May 22--A family and Heartland Regional Medica... avoided a jury trial in a wrongful death lawsuit this week.
The parties settled on a $725,000 judgment Monday in Buchanan County Circuit Court. The lawsuit accused medical malpractice by Heartland's Urgent Care Clinic, Heartland Health and James Weaver, a nurse practitioner, in the death of Timothy Allen Weber.
Mr. Weber's wife, Michele Weber, his parents and his three children were plaintiffs in the suit, filed in March 2009. The case was set for a jury trial this week. The parties reached a settlement and the case was dismissed on May 17.
According to court documents, Mr. Weber went to the clinic at
With valid complaints and ailments, he was discharged about two hours later without normal vital signs and no testing or treatment for gastrointestinal bleeding, which led to his death.
It is also reported that he was never examined by a physician while at the facility.
Mrs. Weber found her husband at their home approximately four or five hours after his discharge from the Urgent Care Clinic.
He was pronounced dead at 5:40 p.m. at Heartland's emergency room.
An autopsy determined the cause of death to be hemorrhagic gastritis