Imagine that you are about to give birth, ready to welcome your baby into the world. This should be a happy time for you and your family.
But what if the hospital makes a mistake and you end up needing life-long medical care because of it?
That is exactly what happened to one woman from Hawaii when she entered the Tripler Army Medical Center to give birth to her third child.
Marites Campano became pale and clammy just hours after she arrived and her condition continued to get worse, even after she delivered her child. Doctors did not give her IV antibiotics, despite her having low blood pressure and a fast heart rate.
48 hours later, after constant pain, a rapid response team came to her aid. She had already gone into sepsis. Once Campano made it to the ICU, she suffered from multi-organ failure and was placed on a ventilator. She eventually lost both of her kidneys.
Even though Campanos has undergone a kidney transplant, she will need care for the rest of her life.
From the beginning of her hospital stay, Campanos was showing signs of distress. While doctors and nurses may have initially thought this was a normal course of her delivery, they should have intervened when her condition got worse after delivery.
Instead, they waited two days.
And they destroyed her ability to have a normal life.
Medical malpractice is something everyone should be concerned about. It happens when the people who we trust with our care perform below the medical standard of care and cause us harm.
Did you know that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States? They kill at least 250,000 people a year. This does not include how many are injured and suffer long-term disabilities.
When healthcare professionals make mistakes, they cause our medical bills to skyrocket. If you do not have insurance, this can absolutely ruin you financially. If a medical mistake keeps you from returning to work, your lost income could devastate your family’s ability to get by.
Think about how many medical professionals we encounter in a year: family doctor, ER staff, EMS personnel, pharmacists, optometrists, and more. We put a significant amount of trust in these people, counting on them to make us feel better.
In the case of Maritas Campano, she was awarded $24.7 million to compensate her for the cost of future healthcare, home, and psychiatric care, as well as future wage losses and mental anguish.
If you are harmed by a healthcare professional, do not wait to seek legal assistance. At Kurzban, Kurzban, Tetzeli, and Pratt, we will work to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries. When you need a medical malpractice attorney in Hawaii, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 808-800-2445. You do not have to do this alone – we will be here for you.