When one's child is sick, parents often become concerned. Then, if the child is hospitalized and must undergo an operation, the parents often become anxious and worried. Yet, even with thoughts of every worst possible scenario running through their heads, the thought of hospital negligence is often not one of them.
Unfortunately, hospital negligence can and does happen in New Jersey and other states. It may not be a common, everyday occurrence, but when it does happen, the consequences for the patient can be severe. Continued illness, more surgeries, pain and suffering are all possible consequences.
One father recently filed suit against the doctor and hospital where his daughter had an operation. After undergoing spinal surgery, the child began excreting spinal fluid from a wound received as a result of the surgery. As a result, the spinal fluid leak developed into infectious meningitis.
The father claims that the doctor and hospital staff did not properly monitor his daughter's condition after the surgery. By not monitoring and evaluating his daughter's condition, she was allowed to suffer further illness. The spinal fluid leak should have been caught and corrected earlier. Thus, the father has filed a lawsuit claiming hospital negligence.
Parents throughout New Jersey want the best medical care for their children. When a child is sick and does not appear to get better by using over-the-counter or home remedies, the parents often rely upon a doctor's expertise. Additionally, when hospitalization and/or surgery are required, the parents trust that the doctors and hospital staff will take care of their child. When this doesn't happen and hospital negligence comes into question, there are legal options that may be available.
Source: cookcountyrecord.com, "University of Chicago Medical Center, doctor accused of negligence following spinal surgery", Louie Torres, Jan. 3, 2017