$500,000 settlement for failure to follow medication order.

The family of a 31-year-old single woman who died from recurrent pulmonary embolism received a $500,000 settlement. The women arrived by ambulance at the emergency room, having briefly lost consciousness. She was lightheaded, pale, and short of breath. Laboratory work showed an elevated D-Dimer result, indicative of a clotting problem. Despite clear signs of pulmonary embolus, there was a delay in evaluating the woman. Even once the presumptive diagnosis was made, there was a delay in institution the ordered anticoagulation therapy. The woman became unresponsive approximately six hours after her arrival, and could not be resuscitated.