Injuries After Heart Surgery
The medical injury attorneys at Riley & Jackson are investigating recent reports of severe and unusual complications from heart surgeries performed in southeast Alabama and surrounding areas. Patients who initially came through the surgery in good health have suffered sudden death, unexplained amputations, and other injuries consistent with a problem in the body’s blood supply.
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Defective Blood Products Can Cause Serious Injuries
During major heart surgery, patients commonly lose large amounts of blood. With the loss of blood comes a loss of red blood cells, and most importantly the hemoglobin contained within red blood cells. Hemoglobin is a protein molecule in the red blood cells and is responsible for delivering oxygen from the lungs throughout the body. When a patient loses blood during surgery, a transfusion may be necessary to make sure enough oxygen can be delivered throughout the body.
We are still in the process of investigating how these unusual injuries occurred, but we do know the injuries are consistent with problems caused by transfusions using blood that was defective. Any number of causes may lead to a problem with transfused blood. For example, red blood cells must be stored at a temperature that is roughly the temperature inside most refrigerators. Failure to store blood at this temperature reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen. Storing blood at a temperature that is too high can allow bacteria to grow, which can be fatal. There may also be a problem with the anticoagulant or preservative solution used in the blood bag. Any defects in the blood used for a transfusion can cause serious injuries and death.
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Medical Malpractice Lawyer
It is difficult for anyone to accuse a medical provider of malpractice. We all want to believe the healthcare community does not commit negligence, but most of our medical malpractice clients come to us because something went wrong in a medical setting that should not have gone wrong, and they have suffered a serious injury.
At Riley & Jackson, P.C., we handle medical malpractice cases involving physicians, nurses, hospital, paramedics, and other actors in the healthcare community when the evidence establishes that malpractice occurred. We offer a free initial consultation to determine if you have a valid case.
In Alabama, medical malpractice cases are governed by the Alabama Medical Liability Act (AMLA). This law applies to cases against all types of health care providers, including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, hospitals, pharmacists, imaging technicians, respiratory therapists and a variety of other health care specialties.
Although medical malpractice can occur in a number of circumstances,
some of the more common examples are:
- Misdiagnosing a potentially fatal or harmful condition
- Surgical errors
- Post-surgical infections without timely intervention
- Birth trauma
- Misreading radiological film
- Medication errors
- Unsafe medical devices
- A nurse failing to notify a physician of a change in a patient’s condition
- A nurse failing to follow a physician order
- Inadequate fall-prevention safeguards