The death of a loved one is a devastating experience that no one wants to face. When a loved one is lost due to medical negligence the experience becomes even more traumatic. Hospital patients in Oregon and all across the United States place their trust in the hands of qualified health professionals. However, mistakes happen in all walks of life, and the medical profession is no different. Recently, alleged medical negligence resulted in the death of a woman in another state, and her family is taking legal action.
According to the lawsuit, the alleged victim was recently admitted to a hospital for antibiotic treatment of a spinal disease. Her antibiotic treatment continued for several weeks, and during that time, she was diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. After the diagnosis, all antibiotics were ordered to be stopped. However, the plaintiff alleges that the antibiotics were not stopped and continued to be administered to the patient. The lawsuit claims that the patient was later transferred by request of the family to another medical center for further treatment.
According to allegations, the patient developed multiple skin rashes and open blisters after being transferred, but she was not diagnosed at that facility with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. Complaints in the lawsuit claim that none of the patient's records contained information on her previous diagnosis of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. The plaintiff alleges that previous negligent care couple with this lack of information led to the patient's death.
Oregon residents who have experienced the loss of a loved one as a result of medical negligence are likely suffering in more ways than one. Families who have been affected by such tragedy have the right to pursue legal action. A successful lawsuit could result in much-needed financial relief that can be used by families to cover the end of life expenses for their loved ones.
Source: pennrecord.com, "Woman says decedent's Stevens-Johnson Syndrome wasn't diagnosed and led to death", Nicholas Malfitano, Feb. 27, 2017