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Woman dies following dialysis mix up, family brings suit

Maryland residents trust their doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to make the right decisions when it comes to his or her medical care. People expect these trained professionals to have the answers when it comes to specific ailments and treatments. In fact, patients often rely on the advice of their doctors and others in hospitals when medical attention is needed.

In many situations, the advice that people receive from medical professions is appropriate. The treatment plans that hospitals carry out are in the best interests of the patients and people get better. But when doctors and hospitals are wrong, the effects can be devastating.

Sadly, one Maryland family knows this all too well. The family has had to bring a medical malpractice suit against a regional hospital after a woman's death. According to reports, the 37-years-old woman suffered from a variety of health problems including Type II diabetes. These issues led to kidney failure and the need for dialysis.

The woman, following the orders from her doctor, showed up at the hospital for dialysis on a Saturday. When she arrived, she was told that she needed a doctor's order in order to get the medical treatment. She was sent away and promised an appointment for the following Tuesday.

Later, that same day, the woman was called by the hospital saying that the order for the treatment had finally been received, however, on Monday, the woman fell ill and died that night. Her family claims it was the failures in treatment that caused her death. The hospital, however, denies these claims.

Suits, like the one brought by this family, can be instrumental in compensating a family after hospital negligence or doctor error takes a life. People in these situations should explore all their options when considering legal action. This could help hold a negligent party responsible for the harm and death of a loved one.

Source: Delmarva Now, "Did dialysis delay cause her death?," Jeremy Cox, Sept. 15, 2015

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