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Infections resulting from medical negligence may lead to suit

A woman in another state allegedly died due to a medical center's negligence. A lawsuit was filed against the medical center and was recently settled. If a person in West Virginia dies from infections or other medical issues due to the carelessness of a medical facility, it is within his or her family members' rights to seek to hold that facility legally accountable.

The lawsuit was filed by the husband of the woman, 25, who died not long after she had given birth to a child. The husband in the suit claimed that doctors at the facility ignored warning signs repeatedly. The physicians are also said to have allowed the woman's infection of the urinary tract, or UTI, to run rampant, which ultimately led to organ failure.

The woman ended up passing away three days following her delivery of a premature baby boy. The medical center disputed the man's claim that his wife died as a result of a UTI. The center claimed that the woman really passed away due to pre-eclampsia, which can damage organs. The lawsuit was settled for an amount that was not disclosed.

Doctors in West Virginia and elsewhere are expected to exercise a reasonable degree of care when taking care of patients. If they fail to do this and patients die from infections or other complications as a result, they may be held liable in civil court. Claims filed by the family members of patients who have died due to medical negligence will be decided only if liability is sufficiently established through competent proof of negligence.

Source: poconorecord.com, "Luzerene County malpractice suit over mother's death settled", James Halpin, Dec. 30, 2016

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