Patient sues LSU Hospital claiming they failed to diagnose sepsis

Alejandro de los Rios May 26, 2011, 5:58am


A former patient at LSU Public Hospital is suing the medical facility after she ended up dialysis-dependent after a 2008 hospital visit.

Martha Camardelle filed suit against Interim LSU Public Hospital – West Campus, on May 24 in Orleans Parish Civil District Court.

Metairie attorney Anthony Glorioso filed the petition on behalf of Camardelle.

The suit claims Carmadelle was admitted to LSU Hospital in December 2008 after experiencing "diarrhea and weakness for approximately 4 days prior to admission."

While in the hospital, treatment plans were put in place for "nausea and vomiting, infection, hyponatremia, coronary artery disease, aortic occlusion, and cancer."

The suit claims that the plaintiff "may have had sepsis at admission to Interim LSU, or developed it shortly thereafter."

When she was discharged to Meadowcrest Specialty Hospital, the plaintiff's "sepsis was so advanced Meadowcrest personnel took photographs to document [t]he condition," the suit claims.

The suit claims LSU was "negligent during the course of treatment while she was an inpatient at the defendant's facility."

The hospital allegedly breached the applicable standard of care, failed to properly diagnose the plaintiff and failed to control the plaintiff's condition, the suit claims.

The plaintiff requested a Medical Review Panel, which rendered an opinion in favor of LSU in February 2011.

Orleans Parish judge Madeleine Landrieu has been assigned this case.

Orleans Parish Case 2011-5438

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