A grieving family member is pursuing legal recourse after a loved one died in the hospital. The son of the decedent claims the hospital was negligent and reckless in the care administered to his father, due to a fatal medication error. He is pursuing compensation and damages through a medical malpractice claim, a step that is appropriate for similar circumstances that occur in Delaware.
The wrong dose of medication
The plaintiff alleges that his father died after a nurse gave him 100 mg of a specific medication, Labetalol, when he was only prescribed 20 mg. This is a significant overdosage of the drug, and it caused acute toxicity in the patient’s body. This is a medication prescribed for hypertension, and the nurse notated an accidental overdose of the drug shortly after the incident.
At the time of his death, the patient was in the intensive care unit for several medical conditions, including nosocomial pneumonia, obstructive sleep apnea, generalized debility, pulmonary disease and more. With such a complex medical history and ongoing issues, the correct dosage of medication is critical. As this tragic situation illustrates, even a one-time drug-related error can have catastrophic consequences.
The rights of family members
Losing a loved one to medical malpractice is a difficult situation, but family members have rights. If a Delaware patient suffers needlessly because of the negligence of a care provider, it is possible to secure compensation through a successfully presented civil claim. While this cannot reverse what happened, it allows the family to recoup losses, address pressing financial concerns and have more confidence regarding their future security after a tragic event.