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Hospital attempts to hide record in medical malpractice case

A 13-year old girl suffered brain damage during heart surgery, and such injury was significant enough to cause permanent impairment. The mother of the girl was prohibited from bringing action due to the one year statute of limitations that was in place in the state in which the incident occurred.

However, such a prohibition was reversed by that state's Supreme Court when it was discovered that the hospital where the brain injury reportedly occurred may have withheld documents that would have provided the mother with the information needed to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. The decision by the Supreme Court was quoted as saying that the doctors purportedly responsible for the surgical error "were unable to provide an explanation for how this tragic result arose from what was considered to be a relatively minor surgery."

Sadly, hospitals and staff often try to place obstacles in the way of individuals seeking compensation for when medical malpractice occurs. Perhaps this is understandable because such lawsuits can ultimately cost such hospitals millions of dollars. Nevertheless, such hospitals need to be held accountable if errors by hospital staff cause brain damage to any patient undergoing surgery.

There are attorneys in Pittsburgh that can assist victims of medical malpractice if such an instance occurs within the state of Pennsylvania. As such cases can be particularly complex, it's best to locate an attorney experienced in the medical malpractice area.

Hospitals often have large financial resources that will be put into use in an attempt to deflect medical malpractice. Though such hospitals have the right to be defended from such allegations, such facilities still cannot be allowed to engage in fraudulent conduct or hide medical records.

Source: Las Vegas Sun, "Family's brain-damage case against Sunrise Hospital is reinstated," by Cy Ryan, May 31, 2012

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