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Woman dies after wrong blood transfusion at Pa. hospital

On Behalf of | Aug 7, 2014 | Firm News, Medical Malpractice |


There are certain types of medical malpractice that, while fortunately rare, can cause calamitous and deadly damage when they do occur. Nowadays, it is thankfully uncommon that a hospital patient undergoing a procedure will receive the wrong type of care. Still, even with all of the modern technological advances that have occurred in medicine, there is room for human error or a doctor mistake.

At a Pennsylvania hospital a woman received a post-surgery blood transfusion. However, according to a report from the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office, the woman was accidentally given the wrong type of blood. She later died from this incident and the coroner’s office labeled it a “post-transfusion ABO incompatibility hemolysis.” Another report from the state health department backed-up the coroner’s office conclusion that the death was accidental.

Since the woman’s untimely passing was an accident, it is unlikely that criminal charges will be filed against any of the medical staff involved. Still, this type of incident is one in which a civil

medical negligence

lawsuit may prove appropriate. According to one medical malpractice attorney interviewed by local media about the case, negligence seems like a distinct possibility in this incident.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health Report noted there was an apparent failure to staff a particular unit where the deceased woman was taken. In addition, another attorney interviewed observed that the nurse in this case behaved recklessly and that there is simply no reason why a patient should ever be given the wrong blood.

Even if criminal charges are not filed, the family of the victim can still pursue a civil action against the negligent party. In a medical malpractice case, there may be more than one party whose negligence contributed to a person’s passing. In addition, there is often a time limit on when a victim’s family can file suit against someone who made a fatal medical error. As a result, it is generally very helpful at the outset of a case to discuss relevant details and obtain advice about available options..

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Lawyer: Charges unlikely in wrong blood death

,” Tom Ragan, July 31, 2014