Deceased Patient’s Family Sues U of Vermont Medical Center for Malpractice

August 22, 2016

The family of a New York man who died in the University of Vermont Medical Center’s emergency room in February has filed a lawsuit against the hospital claiming malpractice.

The Burlington Free Press reported the suit, filed last month in Burlington federal court, alleges that staff misdiagnosed and mistreated 44 year old Martin LaPoint while he was seeking treatment at the hospital.

LaPoint visited UVM Medical Center a number of times beginning Feb. 11 for treatment of two extruding spinal discs.

The suit claims hospital staff improperly used a compression device to relieve a possible blood clot in his legs, but the blood clot went undiagnosed. LaPoint later died of a bilateral pulmonary embolism, or blood clots in his lungs, on Feb. 18.

Hospital officials declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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