The Leto Law Firm Files Wrongful Death Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Against Florida Hospital Orlando.
A central Florida resident passed away at Florida Hospital Orlando on March 8, 2013. His wife hired The Leto Law Firm to investigate the case to see if medical malpractice caused the man’s death. After conducting an investigation and hiring medical experts, The Leto Law Firm determined that the death was the result of medical malpractice and filed suit against Florida Hospital Orlando.
The lawsuit alleges the following set of facts:
The man went to Florida Hospital Orlando for a cardiac catheterization. The result of the cardiac catheterization revealed that a bypass was necessary. His heart surgery was more complicated than the average bypass procedure because he had a history of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. This is, in essence, an allergy to heparin, which is the most commonly used anti-coagulant (blood thinner) for bypass patients. The doctors knew that he had a history of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia so he was prescribed a special drug to counteract any allergic reactions he may have had as a result of the use of heparin during the bypass. This drug (methylprednisone a/k/a Solumedrol), prescribed by the surgeon, was supposed to be given every 8 hours beginning the day before the surgery. The medication was given by the nursing staff at 4pm and midnight the day prior to surgery, but the dose that was set to be given at 8am on the morning of the surgery was not given by the nursing staff. Instead, the nurse responsible for following the doctor’s orders neglected to give the required medication. Furthermore, the nurse failed to inform the surgeon that the medication was not given. As a result, he went to surgery and received a large dose of heparin without the prescribed dose of medication specifically prescribed to counter the potentially harmful effects of heparin.
The surgery was a success but shortly after return to the recovery room, a rash formed all throughout his body. He was covered in welts and his blood pressure dropped dramatically. A code blue was called and he was rushed back to emergency surgery. Sadly, the doctors were unable to revive him and he died in the operating room.
A medical malpractice lawsuit claiming that the hospital and it’s nurses failed to provide proper care and treatment has been filed.
The Leto Law Firm represents victims of Florida medical malpractice, wrongful death, and all other personal injury matters throughout the State of Florida. The firm is honored to be able to represent this family in this sad and tragic case. Medical errors are all too common in this country and we fight for the victims of those medical errors.
To see a prior media appearance by Justin Leto on issues related to medical malpractice experts testifying at trial, take a look at this link from Headline News.