The extent of preventable medical errors in America’s hospitals is staggering. Mistakes by medical professionals kill and seriously injure hundreds of thousands of Americans every year, making this the nation’s sixth biggest killer.
The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) recent study of preventable medical errors estimated as many as 98,000 people die every year in the United States from medical malpractice at a cost of $29 billion.“If the Centers for Disease Control were to include preventable medical errors as a category, these conclusions would make it the sixth leading cause of death in America,” stated the American Association for Justice.
It’s always particularly tragic when young people lose their lives due to the mistake of a healthcare professional. In Eastern North Carolina a bowel obstruction caused the death of a 16-year-old, Virginia Lawyers Weekly reported. The wrongful death case was recently settled for $1 million.
The high school student was taken to a local hospital on three successive visits for treatment of abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. He was admitted on the third day.
About 12 hours after he was admitted a surgeon took the teen for emergency surgery to repair a perforated bowel that was caused by a bowel obstruction. Virginia Lawyers Weekly reported the teen had a history of a ruptured appendix and a repair two years earlier had caused complications. The teenager died at the hospital.
In a subsequent lawsuit the plaintiffs claimed the surgeon had initially overlooked the teen’s worsening condition including signs and symptoms of sepsis and had given him conservative treatment.
Although the events occurred in North Carolina the surgeon subsequently relocated to Virginia. The plaintiffs were represented by attorney Stephen C. Swain of Virginia Beach.
If you have lost a loved one due to medical malpractice or any other cause due to the fault of another call our Virginia wrongful death lawyers at 757.455.0077 or see Cooperhurley.com.