A teen has died of heat stroke at a Jefferson County hospital after allegedly being denied medical care, according to a report by The Courier-Journal. The young man had been working outside doing landscaping work in the extreme heat that has been oppressing the Louisville area recently. According to the boy’s step-father, who was working with him, the boy complained of being hot and appeared disoriented. He was taken to an Immediate Care Center. The step-father says a worker from the Center came out with a wheelchair but told him that there was nothing they could do for the boy and that he needed to go to a hospital emergency room. The step-father then called 911 and although emergency workers arrived quickly and transported the boy to a nearby hospital, he died an hour after arriving. His body temperature was measured at 110 degrees, causing muscles and cells to die and the brain and organs to become damaged.
The staff at the Immediate Care Center offers a different version of the story. They claim that the step-father came into the center and described symptoms of heat-related illness in his step-son. They then informed the step-father that they were unable to administer intravenous fluids and that the patient should go to the hospital. According to them, the step-father did not adequately convey the urgency of the situation.
An ER doctor commented on the case, saying that “there is an ethical obligation to offer care. Their floor would have been cooler than the hot sidewalk. They could have poured water on him. They could have certainly started the cooling process.”
If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice or mistreatment by a medical facility, you may have a medical malpractice case. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer in Louisville can help you understand whether you have a viable claim as well as what legal options are available to you.