A Connecticut jury recently found that a hospital in Bridgeport was negligent in overdosing an elderly patient who later developed serious medical problems, including an extremely dangerous bacterial infection.
The 72-year-old's initial ailment was simple enough: a urinary tract infection. But medical errors led to her staying in the hospital for 75 days, and now she will likely remain in a wheelchair and require lifelong medical treatment as a result of her injuries.
The woman was admitted to Bridgeport Hospital in 2007, and according to her lawsuit, she received six overdoses of a blood thinner that caused internal bleeding that led to cardiac arrest.
After undergoing emergency surgery, she contracted MRSA, which is an antibiotic-resistant infection. A large abscess then developed on her neck, and eventually part of her shoulder bone had to be extracted.
Years passed, and medical complications linked to the malpractice led to the woman's organs bulging against her skin. Her injuries left her incapable of moving freely without help.
For her ongoing medical treatment and pain and suffering, the jury awarded the woman $9.2 million, though no amount of money can return her health. Such compensation will help cover the cost of medical care and other expenses resulting from the hospital's negligence.
In this particular case, the owner of the hospital and a hospital spokesperson apologized for what the patient had to go through, but the hospital may still appeal the jury's decision.
Connecticut residents who have suffered injuries because of medical negligence should realize that hospitals and insurance companies will do what is in their power to shirk responsibility. To ensure the best possible outcome in an already difficult situation, injured patients should meet with an attorney with experience in liability claims.
Source: ctpost.com, "Bridgeport Hospital ordered to pay $9.2 million," Daniel Tepfer, Oct. 26, 2013