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Family sues hospital for medical malpractice

The parents of a young girl who suffered an amputated leg and permanent brain damage due a severe case of appendicitis claim that the staff at the hospital that admitted the six-year-old girl repeatedly failed to diagnose the problem and were grossly negligent in their treatment of her. The family names the hospital, two related institutions and three doctors as defendants in a medical malpractice lawsuit they recently filed. The defendants have 21 days to respond to the claim.

A number of families are forced to deal with the repercussions of hospital negligence in Pennsylvania every year. In some cases, such parties may be entitled to monetary compensation. Interested individuals should contact a qualified attorney specializing in medical malpractice to learn more.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs brought their daughter to the hospital several times in late July and early August in 2011 after the girl began to suffer from tachycardia, a high fever and abdominal pain. The plaintiffs claim hospital staff repeatedly sent them home, stressing that the girl's condition would improve. On August 5, the girl was airlifted to a children's hospital, where surgeons discovered the girl had suffered a ruptured appendix. They removed three quarts of puss from her abdominal cavity and were forced to perform CPR for 45 minutes due to several cardiac arrests the child suffered during surgery.

The lawsuit is seeking over $1 million in damages, though state law protects the hospital from compensation of greater than $100,000. The plaintiffs' attorney explained that that sum would insufficiently compensate the family and would be drastically less than what they will need to care for the girl. He estimated that the six-year-old child has already received about $1.6 million worth of treatment; her future care is expected to approach $40 million.

Hospital representatives issued a statement shortly after learning of the lawsuit explaining that company policy prohibits it from discussing ongoing legal cases with the media. The representatives also added that information about the girl's treatment at the hospital is protected under federal privacy regulations.

Source: NewsWest9.com, "Midland Family Files Medical Malpractice Suit Against Midland Memorial Hospital" Alexa Williams, Jul. 29, 2013

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