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Radiologist's error believed to have caused infant's death

The doctors who practice in Providence bring both a unique blend of education and experience to each case that they see. Patients hope that knowledge serves those doctors well in diagnosing the various maladies that they’re suffering from. While doctors aren’t immune to error, the standard of care is that they will make the best decisions regarding their patients’ care based upon the clinical evidence before them. If obvious signs of trouble in a patient are missed or overlooked, the question then becomes why the doctor failed to recognize it. Often, such failures lead to accusations of negligence.

Such was the case in a medical malpractice lawsuit recently filed in Michigan. The plaintiffs allege that the radiologist who read their infant daughter’s x-ray failed to report that the tip of a catheter inserted to help nourish the child had actually ended up in her heart, despite the fact that it was clearly visible on the radiological images. The feeding solution fed through the catheter is believed to have created a fluid buildup around the girl’s heart, which caused her to go into cardiac arrest and die. A subsequent autopsy showed that not only had the girl’s lungs collapsed, but that there were also traces of the solution around her heart.

Doctor errors or lapses in judgment often have fatal consequences. This is the reason why they’re held to such a high standard. It may come as no surprise then that when it’s believed that standard hasn’t been met, patients and/or their representatives choose to pursue legal action. Anyone needlessly suffering because of a doctor error may wish to speak with personal injury about bringing his or her own medical malpractice lawsuit against the negligent doctor. 

Source: The Grand Rapids Press – “Grand Rapids couple awarded $1.25 million in malpractice suit after infant daughter’s death” Heidi Fenton, Mar. 27, 2014

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