Medical malpractice cases typically involve a health care professional who has either willfully or negligently breached the trust between them and the patient. Indeed, these kinds of cases often arise because a doctor or a nurse made a careless mistake that injured a patient, or even caused a patient to die. In one especially tragic incident, a 7-month-old baby died following a hospital mistake at Children's Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.The 7-month-old had been admitted to the hospital for heart surgery. However, it was later discovered that instead of placing a saline solution into the baby's body, alcohol was accidentally put in instead. That in turn caused the baby's organs to fail. The 7-month-old tragically died on Aug. 21, 2010 due to a mistake that should not have happened.
When placed at the mercy of hospitals and medical professionals, new mothers in the Cincinnati area worry about every possible worst case scenario when they are about to give birth. For some, those worries are simply nervous fears that never become reality, but sometimes those worries are tragically warranted. The family of an Illinois girl with cerebral palsy has just settled a $7.5 million lawsuit over medical malpractice claims related to a delivery gone wrong.The girl was born in 2002 at a Chicago area hospital. The lawsuit was filed in March 2009 by the girl's grandparents, who are now her legal guardians and have had full custody of her for about five years. The claim alleges that the girl became permanently disabled as a result of medical malpractice during her birth.
A wrongful death action was filed in northern Virginia recently, the result of a medical malpractice claim against a Cleveland, Ohio doctor licensed to practice medicine in Virginia. A Fredericks County family accuses the doctor of failure to diagnose and other medical mistakes arising from his treatment of a patient at Winchester Medical Center on June 3. The patient died from heart surgery complications after the doctor was said to have failed to diagnose the patient's condition and also failed to follow medically acceptable procedures under the circumstances.
Medication errors in Ohio are potentially devastating. An Ohio pharmacist once served six months in jail for neglecting to detect a mistake made by a technician in mixing chemotherapy. A 2-year-old girl, receiving what was to be her last chemotherapy treatment, died as a result of the medication error in giving the girl an overdose of saline. Perhaps to cut costs, the pharmacist was working alone on the Sunday he made the mistake; with no help other than the technician who composed the fatal mixture. The fact that the pharmacist and others who have committed similar forms of medical malpractice have felt overwhelming pangs of guilt has lead to the coining of a descriptive phrase for them, the "second victim."
The consequences of hospital errors can be devastating for patients. And perhaps few have suffered more from hospital mistakes than one Ohio woman whose ordeal began with a colonoscopy in August 2010. The procedure was supposed to be routine -- a simple outpatient colonoscopy scheduled with a clinic specialist in Westlake by her primary care physician. But the day after the medical procedure, the woman fell ill while at work and had to be picked up by her husband. Her condition became progressively worse, and she was rushed to the Cleveland Clinic -- affiliated Lakewood Hospital, where she was wheeled into emergency surgery.