Susanne Wilke has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in Connecticut Superior Court against Tully Health Center, Stamford Health System, Emergency Medicine Physicians, and EMP physician Michelle Tomassi, alleging they failed to diagnose the condition that caused her husband, Frank Hermann, age 46, to die in 2010.
According to the lawsuit, Tully and its emergency room physicians were negligent when they failed to diagnose the pulmonary embolisms that were in both of his lungs and caused his death 10 days after going to Tully for help.
The lawsuit said that Hermann told Tully staff about “flank pain” for which they performed a CT scan on abdomen and discharged him. Hermann was rushed by ambulance to Stamford Hospital nine days later, where he was listed in critical condition. A CT scan performed by Stamford showed the blockages in his lungs. Hermann died the following day.
His autopsy showed that he had embolisms in both lungs that were weeks-old, Greenwich Time reported. Wilke’s attorney said that Tully was “simply not permitted to discharge without ruling out whether he was suffering from a life-threatening condition. Had they performed the additional testing, Mr. Hermann would still be alive.”
The lawsuit seeks several million dollars in damages.