Medical Malpractice Case
Why it went to court.
HA 210 Medical Law and Ethics
October 31, 2014
Introduction We are going to take a medical malpractice case that went to court. Research the case to see why it went to court. I chose a medical malpractice case from Phoenixville, PA. Two nurses who worked at Phoenixville Hospital were being suing negligence which caused a baby to be born with brain damage.
Medical Malpractice Case
The case of Lily Ciechoski People today are suing healthcare professionals has become all too common. People often put their lives in the hands of healthcare professionals like; doctors and nurses because people trust that they know what they are doing and what they are talking about. People think that …show more content…
While Proffitt was on the heart monitor to monitor the baby’s heart rate, the two nurses noticed at 1:07 a.m. November 14, 2009 that the baby’s heart rate drastically dropped from 150 beats per minute (a normal heart rate of a baby) to 60 beats per minute. The two nurses failed to report the change to the doctor. At 1:20 a.m. Proffitt’s doctor, Dr. Amy Cadieux, ob-gyn came to check on her progress and the baby’s heart rate had changed. The doctor ordered the nurses to call their supervisor and to get the anesthesiologist for an emergency cesarean …show more content…
Jason Archinaco was the attorney for Lily and her mother Leslie Proffitt. Phoenixville Hospital attorney Andrew McCumber represented the two nurses Christine Winter and Lana Jones-Sandy (who were fired). With a jury on eight men and four women Lily and her mother were awarded 32.8 million dollars.
The Consequences to the Patient The consequence that Lily paid for the negligence by the two nurses was Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy. Lily “suffers from spasms in her legs and arms and has difficulty controlling her neck. She can speak very little, and has trouble walking as well” (http://www.delcotimes.com).
Conclusion In conclusion I’m going to give my opinion on the verdict from this trial. I agree with the verdict because the two nurses did not uphold their duties as professionals. Even though the two nurses were fired from the hospital, I think they should have their licenses revoked. I can see if one nurse was at fault but it was two, which I find very questionable. Lily has to suffer for the rest of her life for their negligence.
(Delcotimes) Retrieved (November 4, 2014) from http://www.delcotimes.com/general-news/20140122/jury-gives-32m-to-girl-in-chesco-medical-malpractice-case (Excite) Retrieved (November 4, 2014)