A Maryland medical malpractice wrongful death case was filed on January 14, 2019 in federal court by the mother of a disabled child against a home health nurse that the plaintiff alleges was negligent in the care of her disabled son, leading to his death. The Maryland medical malpractice lawsuit was filed in federal court because the defendant home health nurse now resides in Florida.
The Maryland wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the defendant was taking care of her 34-month-old disabled child, who was dependent on a ventilator to breathe, on July 29, 2017. At the beginning of the defendant’s shift in the morning, the child’s oxygen saturation was 99 percent (i.e., normal). However, by late afternoon, the child’s oxygenation level had fallen to 75 percent, according to the Maryland medical malpractice lawsuit.
The family alleges that the defendant allegedly suctioned the child’s tracheostomy tube and administered supplemental oxygen but the child was unresponsive and appeared pale. Another home health nurse arrived at the home shortly before 4 p.m. and noticed that the child’s lips were blue and the child did not have a heartbeat. The second home health nurse instructed the defendant to call 911.
When emergency personnel arrived at the child’s home and attempted to provide the child with oxygen, they found that the child’s tracheostomy tube was dislodged. The emergency personnel were able to replace the tracheostomy tube and thereafter supply oxygen to the child. The child was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:35 p.m.
The Maryland medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the defendant home health nurse breached the applicable standard of care by failing to detect and treat the child’s respiratory distress and to properly assess the tracheostomy tube.
The National Association for Home Care and Hospice reports:
– Approximately 12 million people in the U.S. required some form of home health care in 2008.
– There were more than 33,000 home health care providers as of 2008.
– Almost two-thirds (63.8 percent) of home health care recipients are women.
– More than two-thirds (69.1 percent) of home health care recipients are over age 65.
– Conditions requiring home health care most frequently include diabetes, heart failure, chronic ulcer of the skin, osteoarthritis, and hypertension.
– Approximately $72.2 billion was spent on home health care in 2009.
– Medicare is the largest single payer of home care services. In 2009, Medicare spending was approximately 41 percent of the total home health care and hospice expenditure.
The home care workforce doubled from 2007 to 2017 to meet the rising demand for care in the home due to the 10,000 people turning 65 every day.
In 2007, there were 14,500 home health care and hospice care agencies in the United States: 75% (10,800) of the agencies provided home health care only, 15% (2,200) provided hospice care only, and 10% (1,400) provided both home health care and hospice care (mixed). From 2000 to 2007, the number of home health care only and hospice care only agencies increased, while that of mixed agencies decreased.
If you or a loved one were harmed due to the negligence of a home health nurse in the United States, you should promptly contact a local medical malpractice attorney who may investigate your home health negligence claim for you and represent you or your loved one in a home health malpractice case, if appropriate.
Visit our website or call us toll-free in the United States at 800-295-3959 to find medical malpractice lawyers in your state who may assist you with your home health care negligence claim.
Turn to us when you don’t know where to turn.