A West Virginia man has filed a wrongful death claim, asserting that a dialysis clinic is responsible for the death of his wife. Fresenius Medical Care Holdings is named in the wrongful death suit, as well as a doctor and other companies. The company provides dialysis treatment in several medical clinics. Supposedly, a product made by this company causes additional health problems and may not have been tested properly before extensive use.
The husband, as representative of his wife's estate, accuses the company of lying about the safety of this particular dialysis product. It is possible that this product caused an increase in bicarbonate levels and buffer levels, which would cause issues in dialysis patients. In this specific case, the man's wife received a hemodialysis treatment. After she was treated, she had a cardiac episode and died.
Supposedly, the defendants named in the suit knew of the potential risk factor from their product. If it is proven that they exercised willful negligence through their promotion and sale of a potentially dangerous medical product, Fresenius Medical Care Holdings and other defendants could be held liable for this particular death. They could also be held liable for any other medical damages caused by the product.
It should be noted that it is not clear what evidence the West Virginia man has to validate his case. However, a wrongful death claim should be substantiated by solid evidence, documentation and any other proof that is applicable. It is likely that before filing his claim, the widower had a complete evaluation of the entire situation. Before moving forward with the wrongful death claims process, it is best to understand all options for compensation or financial restitution.
Source: The West Virginia Record, "Widower blames dialysis facility for wife's death", Kyla Asbury, May 9, 2014