Most in Providence hope that when they present to a local hospital or clinic, they’ll receive top-flight care delivered by highly-qualified and competent clinicians. In many cases, those expectations are met. Yet if a medical or surgical error were to occur, people also hope that it would be isolated to only one aspect of their care, and that it wouldn’t be life-threatening. However, sometimes one medical mistake can lead to another, and pretty soon those mistakes start getting compounded to the point of producing a tragic result.
Such is the claim being made by a Pennsylvania couple that is currently suing the providers whose ante- and postpartum negligence led to their baby son’s death. Named in the suit are the initial emergency room doctor who treated her, the two hospitals where she and the baby were treated, and the infusion center that inadvertently administered a tainted blood infusion to the newborn. The family’s alleged ordeal began with the wife was seen in her local emergency room, where it was revealed that her blood pressure was alarmingly high. Yet despite this fact, the ER doctor failed to treat her symptoms, and it took an order from her obstetrician to have her admitted. She was later rushed to the second hospital, where the baby was delivered prematurely via emergency C-section. It was then during his time in that hospital’s NICU that he received the tainted blood infusion, which his parents claim led to his death.
In situations such as this where patients believe that several of their providers showed negligence, it’s not uncommon to see multiple providers and facilities named in a lawsuit. Successfully proving that negligence, however, may prove to be challenging. Thus, those pursuing such action may wish to seek the added assistance of an attorney.
Source: Tribune-Review “Fayette parents sue hospitals, blood bank, doctor over infant son’s death” Bob Stiles, July 12, 2014