Domina Law Group has undertaken a South Dakota
medical malpractice at a Physician’s request. The case, which involves the death of
Jack Becker, age 73, has been brought in Sioux Falls on behalf of Mr.
Becker’s wife and children.
In 2001, Jack Becker was hospitalized for treatment for an ulcer. No complications
were expected. When the ulcer was diagnosed at an Emergency Care Facility,
the clinic doctor also noted that Jack had a pulsating abdominal aneurysm
of substantial size. He referred Jack for immediate hospitalization and
described his condition as dangerous.
Mr. Becker was hospitalized for three days. His ulcer was treated, but
his aneurysm was ignored. He was discharged and ordered to go home, even
as his wife protested and he proclaimed that he did not feel well. When
asked about the aneurysm, the discharging physician told the Beckers to
see a vascular surgeon within the next few days. Mrs. Becker insisted
this be done sooner so an appointment was made in a vascular surgeon’s
clinical office setting outside the hospital for the afternoon of his
Even after this arrangement, Mrs. Becker was uneasy with her husband’s
departure from the hospital. Finally, the hospital’s nursing staff
insisted the Beckers leave.
A couple hours later, Mr. and Mrs. Becker were in the waiting of the vascular
surgeon when Jack became suddenly and abruptly ill. His abdominal aortic
aneurysm, which had been measured at 9 cm x 8 cm in the hospital, had
burst. Jack was taken to the hospital, was never revived and died almost
The Becker family seeks compensation from the discharging physician and
hospital, both of whom I believe to have breached their responsibilities
for wrongful discharge, failure to diagnose, failure to recommend surgery,
and failure to provide suitable treatment.