Family Sues over Medical Negligence and Death of Their Daughter

by | Jan 10, 2014 | Firm News, Medical Malpractice |

This news may be interesting to Ohioans familiar with medical malpractice. In a case published on Jan. 9, a family has decided to sue over their daughter’s death. They believe her death was due to medical malpractice and negligence, according to the report. This is because she allegedly sought treatment and was not given proper treatment for a treatable condition.

According to the news, the 26-year-old woman died from massive cerebral hemorrhaging, irreversible brain damage and a stroke due to a blood clot. According to the news, she had been complaining of a 10-day spell with headaches when she arrived at the hospital. The team of doctors allegedly provided her with pain medication and did a number of tests, but no one had ordered a CT scan or other such tests to check for a life-threatening condition. The woman also didn’t see a neurologist until over 40 hours had passed from her admission to the hospital.

The woman had just graduated from medical school in May 2013 when she noticed unexplainable bruising and started to have a nagging headache, according to the report. She was not given anti-clotting medications until around nine hours before she died, according to the lawsuit, and if she had been, her death may have been prevented.

More Responsibilities Increase Risk Of Negligence

In hospitals today, nurses are taking on more and more responsibility. They help diagnose problems, treat symptoms and prescribe medication — often times without direct supervision from a doctor. Not surprisingly, their involvement in allegations of medical malpractice has also risen. As nurses do more in hospitals, they run the risk of doing more incorrectly.

Nurses who work for hospitals have a legal responsibility to follow their hospitals’ chain-of-command policies. These policies put into place a set of rules that nurses must follow. One of the most important rules is the duty to advocate for a patient through the organizational chain of command — to the doctor, the charge nurse and even the department head.

When a nurse recognizes a problem, she must invoke the chain of command in order to prevent injury. If going to one supervisor does not work, the nurse must go to the next in line until appropriate action is taken. Nurses who fail to go up the chain of command can be committing medical malpractice.

Emergency Is Not An Excuse For Negligence

Emergency situations are among the most critical areas of medicine. How an emergency is handled makes a crucial difference between a positive and negative outcome for a patient. When emergency medicine is sought, it’s imperative for the physician and support staff to make the correct decisions, follow up on care and evaluate a patient’s complaints thoroughly.

Often, however, emergency room facilities are understaffed and emergency medicine physicians and support care providers are overworked. In these conditions, mistakes can and do happen. When negligence occurs by an emergency medicine physician or other care worker, however it occurs, you are entitled to compensation for your suffering and for your future.

If you’ve gone to an Ohio hospital with serious pain or injuries and have been neglected or mistreated, it’s important to know that you have options. You may be able to seek compensation, and there are steps you can take to make sure that others won’t suffer the same neglect that you had to.



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