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Man dies after receiving improper medication in hospital

When someone is admitted to the hospital for any reason he or se should be able to expect competent and careful medical attention. However, sometimes doctors or other medical staff members make mistakes that can cause serious problems for a patient, and sometimes even wrongful death. No one in Nashville or anywhere else should have to suffer from medical negligence.

A 60-year-old man who was admitted to a hospital with kidney issues and a bacterial infection, died after reportedly receiving the wrong medication. Now, two of the man’s children have filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Wake Forest University Health Sciences and North Carolina Baptist Hospital alleging that doctors there acted negligently in caring for their father, which ultimately caused his death.

The suit claims that the anesthesiologist administered the wrong medication to the man after doctors had completed his surgical procedure. The suit also claims that when the anesthesiologist realized that she had given the man the wrong medication she notified the surgical team of the mistake. However, according to the suit, the surgical team did not administer another type of medication that could have helped reverse the affects of the incorrect drug dosage.

If a doctor or nurse is responsible for administering the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of medicine, and it results in injury or death to the patient, there may be legal ramifications. Speaking with a knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney can be helpful for a person in order to understand his or her legal rights. And whether or not he or she should pursue legal action.

Source: The-Dispatch, “Siblings file medical malpractice suit over death of father,” Darrick Ignasiak, June 20, 2013

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