Medical malpractice cases are filed with the hope that the plaintiff will recover monetary damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and much more. Sometimes, the lawsuit is filed against some rather prominent members of the medical profession.
This case from Alabama is rather interesting. The plaintiff was treated by a doctor who is also a state senator in Alabama. The lawsuit alleges that the doctor placed a PICC, or a special IV, in a woman who had just given birth and contracted a MRSA infection. He ordered two antibiotics that home health nurses were supposed to give the woman; however, the woman’s husband actually gave the woman the medication instead of a home health care worker. The woman, according to the lawsuit, developed Gentamicin toxicity. That has led to her suffering a great deal of pain and mental anguish. The court documents allege negligence on the part of the doctor for not ensuring the woman received the medication from a home health professional. The home health care provider was also named in the suit. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that the doctor was negligent in not ordering to track the woman’s level of Gentamicin.
While this case did not originate in Connecticut, it does show that medical care is not always received when needed. Malpractice can happen at any visit or stay in a hospital. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can answer questions and provide addition information, such as if your case is worth pursuing. Those people must take responsibility for the outcome of their actions.
Source: waff.com, “North Alabama senator sued for medical malpractice,” Marshall Stephens, June 12, 2015