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Did Doctor's Actions Cause The Death Of Soccer Player?

One of the critical roles a doctor can play is to keep patients informed of health risks they may face. By knowing this, patients can take efforts to change their behavior in order to reduce the chance that this risk will turn into a serious health problem. What happens when doctors fail to properly serve this role? A wrongful death case addressing this issue has recently arisen in Kentucky.

The case involves a doctor who was treating a teenager. The boy had come to the hospital for a series of tests to see if he was healthy enough to play soccer. The boy's parents claim that during these tests, the doctor discovered that the boy had a thick heart muscle. The doctor supposedly cleared the boy to play soccer, but did not inform the parents about the test results.

Three years later, the patient collapsed while playing soccer. Soon after the collapse, the patient died due to an excessive thickening of muscles in his heart. This led to the parents recently suing the doctor for wrongful death.

Three years later, the patient collapsed while playing soccer. Soon after the collapse, the patient died due to an excessive thickening of muscles in his heart. This led to the parents recently suing the doctor for wrongful death.

The patient's parents claim that the doctor's failure to inform them of the test results regarding their son's heart contributed to his eventual death. They argue that by not being told about their son's possible condition, they were denied the opportunity to take steps to prevent it from becoming more serious.

Doctor's can play a major role in helping patients avoid behaviors that could put them at risk of facing serious health problems. But this can only occur if doctors make sure to inform patients (and the parents of patients in the case of children) of the potential health risks of which the doctors are aware.

Source: The Courier-Journal, "Family of soccer player files wrongful death lawsuit against Oldham doctor," Jason Riley, 16 Dec 2010

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