Suit alleges hospital error caused fatal hemorrhage

When you enter a medical facility complaining of dizziness and weakness, you never think that such mild condition could result in death. A Pennsylvania woman walked into a Willow Grove facility complaining of these symptoms and just a short time later she passed away. The husband's wrongful death suit alleges that his wife died due to hospital negligence. This occurred when she was given an incorrect dosage of medication.

The deceased was prescribed Heparin shortly before her death. According to court records, she was administered or took the drug as prescribed and shortly thereafter was unresponsive as she has suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage and the decision was made to take her off life support several days later. Hospital communication appears to validate the claim by corresponding that, "an outdated laboratory value was inadvertently referenced in the process of adjusting the dose of intravenous heparin."

The suit alleges medical negligence on behalf of the staff and hospital occurred due to the evidence that the victim was suffering from a Heparin overdose. In addition, the suit alleges that the defendants' negligence caused the decedent the following medical maladies: persistent head and neck pain; subarachnoid hemorrhage; requirement for intubation; neurological devastation; right frontal hemorrhage, and death. The plaintiffs are seeking damages on several levels for the woman's sudden death in excess of $50,000.

It appears that there are self-admitting admittance on behalf of the defendants as to their negligence in the case. Correspondence such as this can be damning for those accused of such medical negligence. Had the facility and staff not over-prescribed Heparin or had they noticed that she was over-prescribed Heparin, the woman may still be alive today. This is why the family filed suit in their loved one's death.

Source:, "Widower alleges wife's fatal brain hemorrhage due to medical malpractice," Nicholas Malfitano, February 16, 2017

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