On December 11, 2014, a California woman filed a medical malpractice case against a California hospital, alleging that medical negligence required her to have amputations over a period of years following the successful bone marrow transplant she had in 2004.
According to her California medical malpractice lawsuit, the defendant hospital failed to provide her with required vaccinations after her bone marrow transplant that resulted in her being treated for pneumococcal sepsis in another hospital’s ICU on April 29, 2011, that ultimately required the amputation of all of her toes, most of her fingers, and parts of both feet. She may need to have her feet amputated in the future because her wounds will not heal.
The plaintiff alleges that the powerful life-saving drugs she was given at the hospital to treat the pneumococcal sepsis resulted in the lack of blood circulation in her fingers and feet and led to the need for the amputations. The now 49-year-old wife and mother of three, including twin girls, has suffered much as a result of her amputations and so has her family – before she suffered her serious condition, she was an active person who was employed in the health care field and she took care of her busy family; now, she must rely of her husband and children to help her with even simple tasks.
The parties to the California medical malpractice lawsuit are reportedly engaged in mediation efforts to resolve the woman’s medical malpractice case.
The defendant hospital issued a statement in response to the filing of the lawsuit, stating, “Providing the best possible treatment for all patients is City of Hope’s highest priority. In observance of federal and state privacy regulations, we will not comment upon any individual patient.”
The California medical malpractice lawsuit is a sad example where the hospital treatment for an underlying serious medical condition was successful but ancillary treatment was either not provided or was provided negligently. The care and treatment provided in hospitals often requires the involvement of many individuals who must work together as a well-trained and dedicated team who are responsible for providing the proper care at the appropriate time. When even one of those individuals fails to provide care that satisfies the required standard of care, the failure may lead to catastrophic results. For example, a hospital medical technician working in the hospital’s lab may fail to timely report to an attending physician a critical result from a patient’s lab test, resulting in the unnecessary delay in beginning appropriate life-saving treatment, causing the patient to suffer avoidable pain, suffering, disability, or even death.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injury (or worse) as a result of medial negligence that occurred in a hospital in California or in another U.S. state, you should promptly consult with a California medical malpractice attorney or a medical malpractice attorney in your state who may investigate your hospital malpractice claim for you and represent you in a medical malpractice case against a hospital, if appropriate.
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