We should be able to count on hospitals and their staff to provide high quality care to our loved ones. Some surgical procedures are quite safe and usually go without a hitch. However, this is not always the case. A routine tonsillectomy turned deadly for one young patient. A malpractice lawsuit, filed by the girl’s mother, blames the hospital along with doctors and staff for administering an overdose of morphine following surgery. The lawsuit names Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers along with several doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. Lawsuits such as this one are often filed on behalf of the client by a reputable medical malpractice law firm.
Routine Tonsillectomy Goes Wrong
A tonsillectomy is considered routine surgery these days. In fact, there are more than 500,000 such surgeries performed on children every year in the United States. It is one of the most common procedures for children under 15 years old. Removal of the tonsils and adenoids is often recommended for kids who are suffering from frequent sore throats, snoring, and sleep-disordered breathing. The surgery is quick, easy, and usually requires only a short hospital stay. In this case, the young girl underwent a tonsillectomy to remove her tonsils and adenoids to relieve pressure on the eardrums. She came through surgery fine, however, she was administered a post-surgical dose of morphine that proved to be deadly. The girl suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest and died from an overdose of the medication.
Medical mistakes are responsible for a large number of injuries and deaths each year in the United States. They are an all-too-frequent occurrence in hospitals and medical centers across the country. According to Scientific American, it is estimated that more than 200,000 patients die each year due to medical errors in hospitals. It is quite likely that this number is very low because many deaths are contributed to other causes rather than medical errors. When a mistake is made in a hospital or by a medical professional it is considered medical malpractice. Doctors, surgeons, and others are required to provide a high level of care to patients because of their knowledge, education, and expertise.
Medical Malpractice Cases
In this case, the little girl’s death was completely avoidable, making us painfully aware of the results of medical malpractice. Rather than walking away from the hospital and enjoying a long and happy life, the girl never left her hospital bed. Her devastated mother surely never thought that something this devastating could happen to her family. Medical malpractice is alleged in this case, which was filed in Cook County. Cases such as this one seek damages that include such things as costs for medical care, money for pain and suffering, and legal fees. This little girl’s life was cut short because of the human mistake that was made in giving her the improper dosage of a powerful drug. If your loved one died because of the negligence of a doctor you need an aggressive medical malpractice attorney to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact Levin & Perconti today to schedule a consultation.
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