When a baby is born, parents have a great many fears and hopes for their child's life. Learning that there is an issue with their child's heart is likely a terrifying experience. During such an event, many families in Rhode Island and across the country have no other choice but to put their child's future in the hands of health care professionals. Unfortunately, some patients fall victim to medical malpractice, leaving families wondering about legal remedies.
After the birth of their daughter in 2016, two parents in another state learned that an issue with her heart required surgery. Though medical records indicated that a suture needle was missing at the end of the procedure, the infant's parents were not notified. When they took the child for a check-up 10 days later, they were told that a needle was there. The parents took the baby back to hospital where the surgery was performed, but doctors claimed there was no needle.
When the infant underwent surgery soon after for an unrelated issue, the needle was discovered. The hospital has since settled with the family for $50,000. A representative for the hospital indicated that this incident is not the only complication the hospital has faced. In fact, the mortality rate has risen for heart patients. Surgeons from another hospital who evaluated the program found "challenges." As such, certain procedures have been reduced.
Unfortunately, medical malpractice can cause significant harm, even death. Any family who has lost a loved one due to negligence on the part of health care providers has the option of taking legal action, including filing a civil lawsuit against the parties deemed responsible. In certain situations in Rhode Island, taking such action is the only way to ensure that others do not suffer similar harm.