Most of the medical personnel in Maryland are highly-trained professionals who seek to ensure that patients in their trust receive the highest levels of care and attention. Unfortunately, due to the sometimes complicated nature of healthcare, when missteps occur, they can have serious consequences. One doctor in Alabama is now facing a medical malpractice suit as a result of a serious injury that was caused by his alleged actions.
According to court documents, the doctor was caring for a woman at the time she went into labor. Due to delivery complications, an infection resulted that required the patient to be given a treatment regimen. One of the antibiotics she was prescribed was Gentamicin. The doctor ordered a home health company to administer this as well as another antibiotic.
According to the lawsuit, a nurse for the home health company allegedly instructed the patient’s spouse on how to administer the antibiotics through an IV so that he could perform this care instead of the nurse, as the doctor had originally ordered. Additionally, no testing was done for the patient’s Gentamicin levels. This oversight and alleged negligence on the doctor’s part resulted in the patient suffering from Gentamicin toxicity, a condition that caused her not only severe pain but mental anguish, and it required additional medical evaluation and further treatment. According to the lawsuit, she was permanently injured.
There are countless numbers of patients all across Maryland that seek medical treatments for a variety of ailments each year. These patients place a great deal of faith in their medical providers when they are placed under their care, and they assume that these professionals will do everything they can to correctly diagnose and treat their ailments. Regrettably, mistakes occur and, when they do, they have the potential to cause significant problems and damage. When these mistakes arise out of negligence, a medical malpractice suit might be appropriate. Contacting an experienced attorney who is skilled in the area of medical malpractice is often the first step in this process.
Source: waff.com, “North Alabama senator sued for medical malpractice“, Marshall Stephens, June 12, 2015