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Hospital found liable for botched patient transfer

Medical malpractice lawsuits filed in Providence County may often list multiple defendants. That may be due to those initiating such action believing that several parties failed them in their cases, from the doctors and clinicians that treated them to the facilities where they were seen. Those hearing of these cases may think that in order for an award to be granted to a malpractice victim, a jury must find every defendant listed in a case as being liable. That actually is not the case.

A recent ruling in a medical malpractice lawsuit in Massachusetts illustrates this point. The lawsuit had been filed by a family that lost an elderly member to alleged negligence back in 2008. After deliberating, the jury returned a decision finding the hospital he had been cared at negligent in arranging his transfer to a critical care unit (despite it not finding individual defendants listed in the lawsuit as also being liable). In the lawsuit, the family alleged that after the man had been admitted with cardiovascular problems, his condition worsened to the point of needing to be transferred to a critical care unit. Yet the transfer ended up being delayed for several hours, during which time the man became unresponsive. Several days later, he died.

Proving a case of alleged medical malpractice may be difficult due to the fact that it can easily become an issue of a laymen challenging the opinions and expertise of experienced professionals. However, if one can successfully argue that even a small degree of negligence was present in his or her case, he or she may be able to secure some form of compensation. Arguing such a point may be easier if one has the assistance of an experienced attorney on his or her side.

Source: Worcester Telegram “Jury finds malpractice in UMass Memorial lawsuit” Murray, Gary, Dec. 26, 2016

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