A medical student is facing a third negligence charge this year. In July, she was involved in a car accident, which led to two lawsuits. This was followed by a medical malpractice lawsuit filed in August. In West Virginia and elsewhere, families who believe that negligence was the root cause of the death of a loved one may choose to file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties deemed responsible.
The first two lawsuits listed the medical student and the hospital which employs the student as defendants, based upon injuries suffered in a car accident. A rental car operated by the student collided with another car occupied by three people. The student was supposedly working at the time of the accident.
The medical malpractice lawsuit was filed by a family member of a deceased patient. It is claimed that a CT scan resulted in injuries. It is claimed that the defendant treated the deceased and ordered a CT scan, both with and without contrast. Later, it was found the procedure to be unnecessary. Although the deceased asked for medicine, which counters the contrast medium and protects the kidneys, her request was allegedly ignored.
Renal failure was one of the complications which developed, worsened by pneumonia that the patient contracted during her hospital stay. The deceased was hospitalized twice more before she passed away just two months later. Apart from listing the medical student in the claim, the supervising doctor and the hospital are also named as defendants. Medical malpractice suits provide the option to West Virginia families who have lost a loved one due to poor medical care to pursue legal claims for monetary damages. Although this cannot undo what has happened, a successfully litigated claim may result in financial relief during an understandingly difficult time.
Source: The West Virginia Record, "Man blames hospital, doctors for woman's renal failure after CT scan", Annie Cosby, Sept. 22, 2014