Medical care institutions in West Virginia have the duty to ensure that all medical staff in their employ will provide medical care of a standard high enough not to jeopardize the lives of patients. In cases where the level of care is compromised, medical malpractice claims may follow. In medical malpractice cases, a hospital or nursing home could be held liable for the actions of its medical staff.
A couple from Raleigh County recently filed a lawsuit after the reported negligence of medical staff at a general hospital. Apparently the wife went to the hospital for treatment of a fractured ankle. The suit claims that she became unresponsive and suffered respiratory distress after allegedly being overdosed with painkillers. This condition reportedly necessitated critical care where more drugs were administered in an attempt to reverse the negative effects of the painkillers.
The media report does not mention any details about the consequences of the treatment, other than that proved to be ineffective. However, the couple is claiming that the negligence of the hospital's employees caused serious complications that negatively affected their companionship. They are seeking to be sufficiently compensated for these claims, along with other related expenses, legal costs and interest fees.
Residents in West Virginia who suspect that they may have been the victims of medical malpractice or negligence of any kind while in a hospital or nursing home retain the right to file medical malpractice claims in a court of law. Victims of such conduct may need to prove that the caregiver's wrongdoing caused their injury or condition. When such a claim is successfully presented, the court may award monetary compensation for what was lost as a result.
Source: wvrecord.com, "Raleigh Co. couple accuses hospital of malpractice", Ben Hart, April 10, 2014