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Series of medical errors lead to young boy's death

A lawsuit filed alleges that a doctor's actions resulted in the death of a 1-year old boy. And it appears that a series of doctor errors may have been the cause.

The boy was first diagnosed as having a viral infection by a hospital. However, the boy's mother took the boy back to the emergency room later that evening. Though told that she was overreacting, the mother requested lab tests be ordered.

The tests were conducted and showed that the boy was suffering from diabetic ketoacidosis. IV fluids were ordered to be administered, but an incorrect administration of IV fluids and insulin infusion apparently led to seizures and brain injury causing the boy's death.

Unfortunately, doctors do not always take the complaints of patients seriously. Also doctors need to be much more careful in the treatment of patients to make sure correct medications are administered.

Several errors reportedly made together likely resulted in the boy's death. Yet complexities do come up in medical malpractice cases that require the handling of attorneys experienced in this area. Attorneys must: (1) establish causation; (2) make certain that all evidence is thoroughly analyzed; (3) retain medical experts that can testify to the causes of a patient's injury; (4) be able to cross examine medical doctors on the stand; and (4) and otherwise convince a jury that medical malpractice has occurred.

Medical malpractice cases are essential in Pennsylvania and across the United States because mistakes such as those made above cannot be allowed to occur - or reoccur. Though medical errors are rare, significant errors like the ones mentioned above often result in tragic consequences.

Source: Sarasota Patch, "Mother Sues Sarasota Memorial Hospital For Son's Death," by Charles Schelle, Sep. 29, 2012

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