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The decedent was involved in an automobile collision and transported to a nearby hospital. He was diagnosed with sternum and rib fractures as well as multiple abrasions and bruises. He was treated for two days, and despite multiple fractures and traumas, was discharged from the hospital.
For the next few weeks, the decedent was treated by a number of at-home care nurses and returned for a follow-up with an orthopedic doctor. A few days after his appointment with the orthopedic doctor, he died as a result of a pulmonary embolism. The pulmonary embolism was secondary to bilateral deep vein thrombosis in both of his legs, which his medical providers failed to recognize despite symptoms being present. The untimely diagnosis of the condition of deep vein thrombosis ultimately led to the decedent’s untimely death.