Florida Wrongful Death Lawsuit Accuses Doctors and Hospital Staff of Failing to Diagnose and Properly Treat Husband’s Staff Infection
In Florida, the widow of Ronald Carl is suing Oak Hill Hospital staff and a number of doctors for medical malpractice resulting in wrongful death. Carl died last year after contracting methicillin-resistant Staphyococcus aureus (MRSA).
According to the Florida wrongful death lawsuit, the doctor that Karl visited last July failed to diagnose that he was suffering from MRSA. Instead of determining what kind of infection Carl had, the doctor prescribed medication and sent him home.
Within several days of the visit, however, Carl was admitted to Oak Hill Hospital for high blood sugar. Tests determined that he had MRSA, but the lawsuit contends that no one told him that he was suffering from the infection. Staff members also allegedly neglected to tell his doctor or note the information on his medical chart. Carl was administered antibiotics and sent home.
The prescription drugs helped keep his MRSA under control until September 19 and 20 when Carl went to see two doctors. No one physically examined him, however, until September 21 when a doctor determined that he was septic with MRSA and sent him to the intensive care unit.
Carl’s condition deteriorated. After going into cardiac arrest and being revived, Carl died the next day.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections are caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Symptoms can include small red bumps that look like spider bites, boils, or pimples that can turn into deep abscesses that may need to be drained. MRSA can lead to life-threatening infections affecting the bones, bloodstream, surgical wounds, the lungs, or heart valves.
Medical malpractice can be grounds for a Florida wrongful death lawsuit if a patient received a wrong diagnosis or a delayed diagnosis and the mistake contributed to decreasing his or her chances of recovery.
Lawsuit Blames Doctors For Alleged MRSA Death, Hernando Today, January 7, 2009
MRSA infection, Mayo Clinic
Related Web Resources:
Florida's Wrongful Death Statute
Medical Malpractice, Justia