A medical malpractice lawsuit was recently filed in a tragic case that we have previously reported on involving a medication error. A family was devastated when their toddler was killed at a hospital shortly before her second birthday. It was only later that they realized that her death was caused by an egregious medical mistake.
According to the report at Omaha News, the toddler was given ten times the normal dose of the blood thinner known as heparin. The medication is commonly used before and after surgery to prevent blood clots. In this case, the young girl was given the medication while undergoing kidney dialysis.
Apparently an assistant at the hospital incorrectly programmed a pump that delivered the drug to the child. The programming error was not discovered for five hours, and by the time it was fixed too much of the drug had entered the baby’s body. The girl suffered bleeding on her brain and passed away two days later.
Upon learning of the reason for her death, the family filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the negligent hospital. They are also seeking to overturn a law in that state which places a limit on the damages that a jury can award them in the case. The hospital held a press conference after the error was discovered explaining that they were going to take steps to ensure that no similar errors occur.
An Illinois medical malpractice lawyer knows that there is nothing more tragic than hospital errors that take the life of a young child. These mistakes are never acceptable, and the facilities where the conduct occurs should be held accountable for their actions. A jury should be free to hear the details of the case and reach a decision on the appropriate award amount. Arbitrary limits do nothing more than hinder justice and fairness.
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