Medical malpractice unfortunately takes place more often that it should. In some cases, hospital negligence can lead to fatal outcomes, and families can be left struggling to come to terms with their losses. When negligence has contributed to such an event, it may give New Jersey families facing such situations some sense of closure to seek justice against the parties considered responsible.
While it is understandable that medical staff cannot predict how each patient will react to certain procedures, it is within their professional duties to properly treat reactions as they occur. Unfortunately, this did not happen for one woman in another state who died three years ago after an allergic reaction to the contrast dye given for a CT scan. The woman went into anaphylactic shock after ingesting the dye, but rather than being given epinephrine to reverse the effects, the doctor only administered an antihistamine.
The woman lost consciousness during the incident, and she ultimately died as a result of the reaction and lack of proper care. Her family believed that the doctor was negligent in his treatment of the allergic reaction and filed a lawsuit as a result. Recently a jury sided with the family, and the woman's surviving husband and four children were awarded a total of $29.5 million.
While New Jersey residents may hope to never lose a loved one in such a way, there are many who have undoubtedly faced this type of scenario. If so, they may wish to take this case as an example and consider filing medical malpractice lawsuits of their own. Speaking with legal professionals may help them determine whether the hospital negligence in their specific cases could warrant legal action.