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Trial Begins in Student’s Meningitis Death

The trial is set to begin in a medical malpractice lawsuit stemming from the death of a University of Pennsylvania sophomore two years ago. The 19-year-old victim died in September of 2007. Her family is claiming that the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania was medically negligent in performing a lumbar puncture on a patient with brain swelling. Her brain ended up herniated and she wrongfully died. The hospital alleges no medical error, stating that the spinal tap is common for meningitis. This victim is an example of one of the 98,000 people who die each year from medical error. To read more about the wrongful death, please click the link.