Fay Law Group, P.A.
Free Initial Consultations Phone Answered 24 Hours A Day

Physician, hospital negligence alleged in heparin lawsuit

With hundreds, if not thousands of patients across the country requiring hospitalization on a daily basis, Washington, D.C. residents have the right to expect a certain standard of care from a medical staff. Unfortunately, this trust in health care professionals is sometimes misplaced. In a nearby state, a couple has recently filed a lawsuit alleging physician and hospital negligence.

The man and his wife filed a complaint against several physicians and the hospital at which they are employed after the husband received treatment there in Jan. 2015. Per the complaint, the man was treated for shortness of breath and was given heparin before being transferred to the hospital now named as one of the defendants in the lawsuit. While in this hospital's care, the plaintiff required treatment for a variety of heparin-induced ailments, including but not limited to kidney failure, ischemic bowel and thrombocytopenia.

The treating physicians and the hospital are all liable, according to the plaintiff, because they failed to recognize the signs of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. Additionally, despite positive lab tests indicating the condition, they failed to take appropriate action in a timely response. For this negligence, the couple have requested trial by jury against the defendants.

In addition to court costs, the plaintiffs are seeking judgment in an amount exceeding $35,000. As often happens in successful medical malpractice lawsuits, much – if not all – of any damages awarded may potentially go toward medical bills and costs for treatment, both past and present, related to the incident. While medical malpractice lawsuits may be notoriously difficult to win, sometimes a successfully fought suit with the representation of an experienced malpractice attorney is the only way that Washington, D.C. victims of hospital negligence can get the funds they need to pay for the resultant medical costs.

Source: pennrecord.com, "Couple accuse UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Hospital, physicians of negligence", Louie Torres, Aug. 9, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Our Promise To You No matter what your case involves, you can depend on Fay Law Group for honest advice, careful attention to detail, and individualized client service. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.
Proud Sponsors We here at Fay Law Group, P.A., continue a tradition of military support established more than 40 years ago.
attorney photo

Washington Office
777 Sixth Street, N.W.
Suite 410
Washington, DC 20001

Map & Directions

Rockville Office
206 North Adams
Rockville, MD 20850

Map & Directions

Silver Spring Office
2048 Merrifield Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20906

Map & Directions

Frederick Office
235 W. Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 21701

Map & Directions