Patients place a lot of faith in doctors and surgeons. But medical care does sometimes go wrong, harming the patient in the process. Whether it was a doctor or surgeon error or whether it was caused by negligence on the part of another medical professional can be difficult to determine. Concerns such as this can complicate cases alleging medical malpractice.
In some cases, the hospital in which a patient was being treated also may face a medical malpractice lawsuit, as a local hospital located here in Virginia has recently discovered. The suit, which has been filed in Cabell Circuit Court, has accused St. Mary's Medical Centre Inc., of negligence and medical professional liability that led to the wrongful death of a child.
According to the lawsuit, the woman was admitted to the hospital for prenatal care and the birth of her child. According to several phone calls made by the woman, the hospital was guilty of several negligent actions that she claims led to the death of her child. She states that the hospital's negligence led to an untreated Group B Streptococcus infection, as well as ruptured membranes. She is seeking an undisclosed amount in damages.
Hospitals and physicians must provide a high level of care for their patients. Should a patient's condition worsen while in that hospital, or under that physician's care, it's possible that the cause may be discovered to be medical malpractice. In the event that the patient suffers a permanent injury or even death, then the doctor and the institution may be held legally accountable for the losses suffered by their patients.
Source: The West Virginia Record, "St. Mary's hit with medical malpractice suit," Whitney Brakken, Feb. 5, 2014