Brain Hemorrhage Malpractice Accusation
A Pennsylvania widower has accused a local Willow Grove medical facility and its doctors of medical malpractice which resulted in the death of his wife from a subarachnoid hemorrhage.
On August 28, 2016, Anne Springfield was admitted to the Emergency Department at Abington Memorial Hospital with generalized aches and fever. Doctors prescribed her several dosages of Heparin several days later. The order was written for Heparin 5000 units to be injected every 8 hours. The following day, Anne was found unresponsive and was admitted to the Neurology ICU after tests confirmed she had suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage. She died 6 days later.
The lawsuit, filed on February 6th in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, was filed against Abington Medical Center, Abington Jefferson Health, Jefferson Health, Dr. William Ford, Dr. Jennifer Schwartz, Dr. Rachel Ramirez, and Abington Adult Medical Associates. The lawsuit alleges that the hospital confirmed that an “outdated laboratory value was inadvertently referenced in the process of adjusting the dose of intravenous heparin for Anne Springfield.” According to the lawsuit, her abnormal PTT values were dismissed as error, and this directly resulted in a serious bleeding complication and eventually death.
The plaintiffs allege that the defendants’ negligence directly led to the death of Anne Springfield and that there was a significant departure from accepted standards of medical care. The plaintiff is seeking a monetary award against the defendants, individually, jointly, and severally, for both compensatory and punitive damages.
Medical Negligence & Medical Malpractice
In order to prove medical malpractice, an injured plaintiff or family member must prove medical negligence. By definition, medical negligence is an act or omission by a medical professional that deviates from the accepted standard of care. Establishing negligence does not always prove medical malpractice, but it is a significant component of proving the case. Causation and damages must also be proven to establish medical malpractice.
Doctors and medical professionals have a duty to their patients to provide treatment that is in conformance with the accepted medical standard of care. This means that a reasonably competent and skilled health professional in that same specialty of practice would have provided the same or similar care to the patient. Any deviation from this standard of care is considered to be medical negligence.
Another significant and necessary component of establishing medical malpractice is proving causation and injuries (damages). Medical negligence alone is not enough to prove malpractice. In order to establish medical malpractice, the medical negligence must have directly caused or contributed to the patient’s injury, or made the patient’s condition worse.
A few scenarios that could be considered medical malpractice include:
- Failure to diagnose cancer;
- Failure to properly advise of risks of treatment or surgery;
- Unacceptable technical errors during surgery or other medical procedures; and
- Medication errors in administration or in prescribing.
It’s important to know, however, that medical malpractice does not occur every time a condition worsens, or whenever an undesirable or unexpected result occurs during surgery or during medical treatment. If you believe medical malpractice has occurred, it is important to have your case reviewed by an experienced and skilled Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorney immediately.
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