Lawyer says SC woman's family gets $3 million from doctors

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ROCK HILL, S.C. — An attorney for a Chester woman who died from a twisted intestine after three trips to the emergency room says her family has agreed to settle a lawsuit with six doctors for $3 million.

Lawyer Chad McGowan told The Herald of Rock Hill that the settlement still must be approved by a judge. The money will go to Heather Sloan's three children.

The lawsuit says Sloan went to the Chester Regional Medical Center emergency room in March 2005 complaining of abdominal pain, but the person reading a CT scan didn't see a problem and she was sent home.

The suit says Sloan returned to the emergency room two more times before doctors operated and found the twisted intestine. She died later that night.

McGowan says the family settled with the hospital for $250,000 last year.

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HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 04/03/09 - 12:04 pm
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I guess someone will try to

I guess someone will try to blame this one on you know who?

voluptuously_auburn1
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voluptuously_auburn1 04/03/09 - 12:52 pm
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who is "you know who"? Blame

who is "you know who"? Blame lies with hospital and their staff

uptheseventhplanet
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uptheseventhplanet 04/03/09 - 12:54 pm
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Even I could figure out it

Even I could figure out it must be Bush's fault and I don't even live in the area any more.

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kellurian 04/03/09 - 08:20 pm
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Voluptously auburn, your

Voluptously auburn, your comments show a complete lack of intelligence. You know nothing about this case at all. A volvulus, which is what is described, can be very difficult to detect on CT. Doctors are not perfect, and we don't know the full story of this case. The lady very well may have had symptoms that didn't point to anything specific. Not to mention the fact that "6" doctors settled meaning that in typical shotgun lawsuits, probably not only the doctor who "missed" the diagnosis had to pay, but I am sure the surgeon who was called on the 3rd visit and tried to save the woman's life had to pay as well. You want to know what a hard, thankless job is where most often the only thanks you get for sleepless nights and trying your best to save a patient is a lawsuit, then go to medical school and become a doctor.

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corgimom 04/05/09 - 10:24 am
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I agree that doctors are not

I agree that doctors are not perfect, but the woman was there THREE TIMES, in terrible pain, and they kept sending her home. That does not sound like proper care to me. And what would you say to her children- Oopsie, your mommy is gone, tough luck, and then just walk off? And you don't know about the case either, and she very well may have had specific symptoms that were ignored. Would you be willing to have your mother die for $3 million? Would there ever be enough money to make up for the loss of a parent? She was only 29 years old and had 3 children.

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Anonymous0918 04/08/09 - 10:22 pm
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I am familar with the facts

I am familar with the facts in this case. Perhaps the story as reported in this article reflects the family's understanding of the events. It does not, however, begin to tell the full and complex medical course of this young women and the events that led to her death. Surely, there is still enough faith in the medical profession that people would not blindly read this and believe that these seven board certified doctors willfully withheld information that could have saved the life of this young mother. This simply did not happen. Had her condition been easy to diagnose, it would have been discovered and treated long before she passed away. She had many medical encounters with numerous excellent doctors in reputable places, to include Duke University Medical Center and this condition was not diagnosed.

This may be justice for the family, but not for the doctors that were brought into this case and have been maligned in the media. There were doctors named in this case who did not deviate from the standard of care, but agreed or were forced to settle this case. This is a typical case of an attorney drawing in every single doctor who can contribute financially to a settlement.

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UncleBill 04/09/09 - 07:16 am
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Unfortunately, what this

Unfortunately, what this article and case does demonstrate, as alluded to above, is the insurance company agreeing to settle a law suit rather than defending it, and as a result there is the allusion to the effect that there was some preventable error. For the insurance company it all comes down to money.

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christie 04/09/09 - 09:40 pm
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My condolences to the

My condolences to the children and family. So sad.

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