An out-of-state case reminds us that often medical professionals in Pennsylvania and across the country are not immune to making mistakes. However, when medical professionals error, the consequences can be grave and such professionals need to be held accountable for those consequences.
One mother sued Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center a year after her son was left in a vegetative state while under their care. Her child went under the knife in April 2010 for testicular cancer. Something went wrong and the boy hemorrhaged and went into cardiac failure, resulting in his current vegetative state.
A settlement agreement was filed last week totaling $1.25 million. While this money will not bring the mother’s child back to a conscious state, it will go to provide for the child’s ongoing care as well as compensate the family for a small amount of their pain and suffering. Hopefully this settlement will give the mother and the child’s family a small amount of justice.
In Pennsylvania, medical mistakes can range from causing discomfort all the way to death for the victim. This doesn’t even take into account the last effects that the mistake can have on the family member of the victim’s.
Medical professionals and hospitals will work hard to aggressively defend themselves in the face of a medical malpractice claim. It is important that if a Pennsylvania resident has suffered due to a medical mistake, that victim seek out an advocate that will seek a compelling claim in obtaining just compensation for the victim.
Source: The Columbus Dispatch, “OSU hospital pays $1.25 million settlement,” Ben Sutherly, Aug. 22, 2012