$3 Million Sought for Fatal Knee Infection
WASHINGTON (CN) – Doctors should have diagnosed a man’s fatal knee infection sooner, his grieving daughter claims in a District of Columbia Superior Court complaint.
Aurora R. Salvador, individually and as personal representative of the Estate of Jose Roberto Salvador, deceased, sued Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. and Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, P.C. for survival action and wrongful death.
According to the lawsuit, Jose Salvador, a 63-year-old carpenter, visited the Kaiser Permanente Capital Hill Medical Center urgent care clinic on Sept. 12, 2016, complaining of acute pain in his right knee starting the day before. There was no evidence of injury, but the doctor Salvador saw noted that he had diabetes and treated him with anti-inflammatory medication, according to the complaint.
Over the next 11 days, Salvador’s symptoms got worse, according to the complaint. He visited non-party Holy Cross Hospital, then the Kaiser orthopedics department and finally Holy Cross again, where he was admitted to Intensive Care with renal failure and septic shock, it says. He was transferred to the University of Maryland Medical Center for more intensive treatment, where he ultimately died on Sept. 23, it says.
Aurora Salvador contends doctors were negligent in overlooking her father’s infection. Because of his known diabetes, he was at high risk, she claims.
Aurora Salvador and Jose Salvador’s Estate seek compensatory damages, medical expenses, pain and suffering and funeral expenses. They are represented by Gregory K. Wells of Shadoan, Michael & Wells in Rockville, Maryland.