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Infections, other health issues may be grounds for litigation

A woman in another state claimed that health care providers' actions caused her mother to die almost two years ago. She therefore decided to file a lawsuit against these providers, alleging wrongful death and medical malpractice. If a patient loses his or her life in West Virginia due to infections and other complications stemming from the carelessness of doctors or other health care professionals, the patient's surviving family members have the right to seek to hold them accountable through the civil court system.

In the recent out-of-state case, the woman who lost her mother claimed that a hospital did not properly assess her mother's medical condition. The hospital also reportedly did not treat her correctly or take the needed preventive measures, thus leading to her death. Due to the negligence of the defendants, the mother suffered dehydration as well as complications with sepsis and infection.

The mother also reportedly suffered from malnutrition, infection, skin breakdown and decubitus ulcers. The woman ended up dying in October of 2015. Her daughter is seeking a jury trial along with damages exceeding the court's minimum jurisdictional limit as part of her lawsuit.

Doctors and other members of a health care team in West Virginia are expected to take proper care of their patients. However, sometimes their patients end up not receiving the care and treatment they need, and this may ultimately lead to infections and other health issues that ultimately result in their deaths. In these situations, the surviving loved ones of the patients have the right to file medical malpractice claims, seeking damages. A successfully litigated claim may help with covering funeral costs and other losses related to the document malpractice incident.

Source:, "Daughter sues Washington University, Barnes-Jewish Hospital for mother's death", Lhalie Castillo, Sept. 13, 2017

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