Month: October 2015
After making a mistake that led to the death of patient, the Cooley Dickinson Hospital finds itself in the middle of a lawsuit that accuses them of making a fatal error in the delivery room that led to the death of Pamela Sampson. According to the lawsuit, the delivery room staff in charge of caring for Sampson missed the signs that she was suffering from pre-eclampsia.
The concern of many people is that this is not an isolated case. There have been enough similar reports that the Department of Public Health has started to investigate the hospital’s childbirth center.
Based on the court papers the family has filed, Sampson spent a great deal of time in the Childbirth Center at the hospital and was examined by several doctors, none of whom seemed to notice that in addition to having higher than normal blood pressure there was also a high level of protein in her urine, and that she’d gained very little weight while pregnant. These three things together are classic signs of eclampsia.
Late in December, Sampson started to vomit and experience severe pain. Instead of immediately telling her to go to the hospital, the doctor waited five hours when she once again called him, this time to report a blinding headache. At this point he advised going to the hospital where it was discovered that her blood pressure was 190/136. Again, the hospital ignored this sign of pre-eclampsia.
It wasn’t until Sampson had been unresponsive for more than 10 hours that the staff at the childbirth center acknowledged she’d suffered a cerebral hemorrhage.
It’s at this point that the court papers get quite interesting. According to the family, once the staff at the Childbirth Center realized Sampson’s condition was fatal, they made arrangements to ensure she didn’t die on site, so she was transported to another Boston Hospital. The family is also accusing the Cooly Dickinson Hospital Childbirth Center of providing inaccurate records of Sampson’s history, admission, and death.
Between the years 2012 and 2014 Cooley Dickinson has had a high number of fatalities, three, which stem from about six incidents that were handled in a suspicious manner. In all three fatalities, the hospital staff missed clues that all was not right with the delivery.
Joanne Marqusee reports that the problems leading to the deaths in the Childbirth Center have been addressed and that the hospital has tried to prevent further accidents by adding safety consultants to their staff.
As much as we would like to think otherwise, Sampson’s case is not an isolated issue. All over the country, people are dying as a result of medical mistakes and oversights. According to the Institute of Medicine, there are at least 98,000 deaths every single year in the United States alone that are the direct result of a medical error.
You don’t have to accept that a medical error is something that just happens. If you have been hurt by a medical mistake, the best thing you can do is contact a medical malpractice attorney and give them the details of your case. A highly experienced medical malpractice attorney in Tampa will help you generate a case and get you the compensation you deserve. Between you and you medical malpractice attorney in Tampa, you can make sure no one else experiences the same medical mistake.