When a patient is brought to a hospital, there is an inherent trust that the staff of the hospital will know how to treat his or her condition. However, cases of hospital negligence do unfortunately occur and can adversely affect the physical condition of a patient. In some cases, this can lead to permanent injuries and even permanent disability.
Albuquerque readers may have heard of a recent medical malpractice suit filed against a hospital located in a city to the north. The woman filing the lawsuit is suing the hospital for medical negligence after permanent injuries suffered by her then-infant child during a treatment at the facility. The woman claims that she had taken her son to the emergency room at the hospital on Oct. 4, 2009 due to the possibility that the boy had consumed aspirin.
A physician at the hospital had supposedly prescribed an intravenous solution to the boy, which was infused into his left foot as a means for sedation. When the child was later transported to the hospital's pediatrics department it is alleged that no one had checked his foot for the signs of intravenous solution's effectiveness until the day after. The complaint states that once the foot was finally undressed, a blister had formed around the area near the child's ankle and that his foot had taken on a "white, leathery appearance" as well as swelling throughout the leg. As of Feb. 19, the damages sought by the lawsuit include reparations including punitive damages due to the boy's foot suffering from permanent injuries, including chemical burns, due to the treatment.
Emergency room errors as well as negligent hospital staff can result in permanent injuries to unfortunate patients who suffered incorrect treatment. Victims of hospital negligence should be aware that there are legal avenues through which they can pursue compensation for any injuries and permanent disability.
Source: Santa Fe New Mexican, "Local news in brief, Feb. 20, 2013," Feb. 19, 2013