A young woman had given birth to a stillborn child in late 1981 at the age of 15. In February of 1982, she began experiencing leg pain and had difficulty breathing. She became increasingly weak and confused. Her mother took her to the hospital where the symptoms worsened over a several hour period without recognition or treatment by the hospital physicians. The young girl stopped breathing and died in the hospital due to the development of a pulmonary embolism.
The girl’s mother brought an action for wrongful death of her daughter seeking to hold the doctor’s responsible for their negligence in failing to conduct any tests to discover her daughter’s medical problem and denying her the opportunity for life saving intervention.