Family asks for medical review panel over blood test delay

Kyle Barnett Sep. 21, 2012, 2:29am

NEW ORLEANS – The death of a woman who was under the treatment of a home health care agency has led her family to request a medical review panel look into the case.

Linda Williams filed suit against Christian Healthcare Inc. and Isadore Brickman, M.D. in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on July 27. Williams claims her mother Eunice Williams was under the care of Christian Healthcare Inc. and Dr. Brickman from 2010-11.

During that time the plaintiff alleges that the defendants were responsible for her mother's treatment, evaluation, testing and diagnoses. Williams asserts that Tulane Medical Center requested blood work be done on her mother on June 8, 2011, which the defendants allegedly did not do immediately.

The plaintiff asserts that five days later when the blood work was done her mother was transported to the hospital after numerous irregularities were found in her blood and she died three days later.

The defendant is accused of failing to timely perform diagnostic tests, failing to properly train employees and deviating from an acceptable standard of care.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for meant pain, physical pain and loss of consortium.

Williams is representing herself in the case.

The case has been assigned to Division I Judge Piper D. Griffin.

Case no. 2012-07348.

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