Coming down with an unknown, unexpected medical condition can be frightening. Once at the hospital, individuals facing these illnesses rightly expect to be taken care of. This means their condition will be accurately diagnosed, proper medication prescribed, and needed operations conducted appropriately. Sometimes, though, a hospital mistake can make matters worse, leading to serious injury or death. A Tampa hospital is now facing two lawsuits for mistakes involving flesh-eating bacteria.
News reports state that Tampa General is fighting one medical malpractice lawsuit and is about to get slammed with another. According to those reports, the first case, which is currently being challenged, involved a patient who had necrotizing fasciitis which developed into a full-scale infection when a surgeon accidentally slit her intestine in half. The injury led to amputations. The second suit involved an incident where a patient died. It is claimed an IV was improperly placed under the patient’s skin instead of in his vein, which led to a buildup of fluid and, eventually, the infection that killed him. It is further alleged in the claimed that the buildup of fluids went unnoticed by medical professionals.
Unfortunately, instances of hospital negligence are not uncommon. The results of a doctor error can be devastating, altering life in a way that can leave the victim and his family unable to cope emotionally, physically, and financially. These individuals may struggle to pay off undeserved medical bills and may lose much needed income. Also, they may want to punish the errant doctor and hospital who wronged them.
A Miami medical malpractice attorney may be able to help victims and their families reach these goals. By filing a medical malpractice lawsuit or, in the event of death, a wrongful death lawsuit, the victim and his family can seek to recover compensation. An attorney can help the family execute a legal strategy that seeks to prove the hospital was liable for the harm caused. This will include showing the medical professional responsible for the injury was acting negligent and those acts led to the victim’s injury or death.
If a medical malpractice or wrongful death lawsuit is successful, then the stress of medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering can be somewhat removed through the acquisition of compensation. Also, the medical professional and the hospital may be punished financially, sending a strong message that unsafe medical practices will not be tolerated. Then, the victim and his family can put their minds at ease knowing their rights have been protected as best as possible and true civil justice was obtained.
Source: Health News Florida, “Hospital Sued Again over ‘Flesh-Eating Bacteria’,” Aug. 22, 2013