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When a medical mistake results in catastrophe

When a loved one is seriously ill in Ohio or anywhere else, the family will trust the advice of the people they believe to be the experts: the hospitals and doctors. This could hold true particularly when a child is involved. The family is consumed with worry and the need to help each other through the crisis. They trust the medical professionals to do the best for their sick child. A medical mistake would not be at the forefront of their minds.

Such was the case for a one-and-a-half-year-old girl at a prominent hospital. She had been diagnosed with a very large abdominal tumor. After many surgeries and extensive chemotherapy, she was declared cancer free, but her doctors recommended the family continue with her last scheduled chemotherapy treatment. The technician tasked with filling the order for the treatment administered the wrong dose of the drug. The child died.

The above is not an isolated incident. According to recent studies, somewhere between 250,000 and 440,000 deaths in Ohio and around the country, per year, are caused by a medical mistake. The discrepancy is due in part to medical mistakes rarely being listed on death certificates.

Hospitals and doctors in Ohio and elsewhere are trusted with the care of people's lives and safety. When a medical mistake results in severe harm or death, the family may want to pursue a medical malpractice case. Though this is a very difficult and emotional time for a family, seeking legal counsel can help determine if there is a valid medical malpractice case to pursue because of the medical mistake.

Source: cnbc.com, "Medical errors are to blame for more than 250,000 deaths in the US every year", Ray Sipherd, Feb. 22, 2018

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