According to a Fox News report, the numbers of medical errors in Indiana are on the rise. In 2009 the reports showed 94, and in 2010 they show an increase to 107. The sad reality is, it causes patients to lose trust in their doctors and hospitals. This situation is unacceptable.
Some of these errors include leaving medical instruments in the patient, operating on the wrong part of the body, or even not diagnosing an obvious condition.
In one particular case in Indiana, a parent gave birth to her newborn child in 2000. The child would cry, shake and turn blue, and her mother did not know what was wrong. The hospital sent the child home saying that babies cry and shake; she would be fine. The mother took the little infant home, but she continued having these issues.
When the mom took the baby back, the doctors found a low blood calcium, and that the child was having seizures for over 24 hours. 12 years later, and the child is still suffering from the repercussions that this faulty treatment affected upon her.
The mother filed a lawsuit and won a settlement against the hospital and its doctors. Part of the settlement unfortunately does not allow her to release the names involved. It should be noted as well, there are more hospitals everywhere that are making the same mistakes. Who will you ask to help you if this happens to you?
Our medical malpractice lawyers in Baltimore believe that there are steps you can take as a parent to mitigate this. First, especially when children are concerned, do not simply settle on the first opinion given if you feel something is just not right. Second, if your fears are validated, and you feel the doctors that gave you faulty information should be held accountable, the Snyder Litigation Team would be happy to assist you with your claim.