Mother files medical negligence lawsuit

Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Mar 28, 2012 in Medical Malpractice

During the first year of a child's life there are many trips to the doctor and hospital as parents want to ensure their child is healthy. For one mother, however, a fairly routine trip to the hospital resulted in a medical error that will forever change her child's life.

The mother brought her three-month-old baby girl who was suffering from a fever to the hospital for medical care. After two days, the baby was being discharged when a nurse who was attempting to cut an intravenous tube off the baby's hand instead severed the baby's pinky finger.

While the mother and nurse both screamed, doctors attempted to reattach the delicate finger, but were not able to do so. The baby now has no pinky finger and will forever be scarred as a result of the nurse's medical mistake.

In an attempt to ensure this doesn't happen to another family, the mother has filed a lawsuit against the nurse and hospital for medical negligence . The lawsuit claims the hospital failed to properly train nurses on how to remove intravenous tubes. The lawsuit also cites the nurse's negligence for attempting to remove the tube without proper supervision. The mother is seeking damages in the amount of $15,000 dollars.

Luckily the baby is doing well and suffered no additional long-term adverse health effects as a result of the accident. There is no doubt, however, that the day will come when she asks her mother what happened to her finger and why she is different from other children.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, "Polk mom's lawsuit: Nurse cut off baby's pinky," Ray Reyes, Mar. 27, 2012

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