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Lawsuit claims hospital negligence led to infection

People in Texas and globally who have undergone an organ transplant require special care. These patients trust that the facilities in which they are being treated are aware of the proper protocols to help protect them while their immune system is compromised. However, one man claims that hospital negligence actually caused him to develop an infection after he underwent a double lung transplant.

A lawsuit was recently filed on behalf of the 70-year-old man and his wife. It is claimed that he was placed in a negative pressure room after his transplant because there were no other rooms available. Negative pressure rooms are typically used to treat those exposed to airborne illnesses. Air is pulled from outside the room but cannot spread to other patients. Unfortunately, the Center for Disease Control does not recommend that those who have a compromised immune system, such as those who have undergone an organ transplant, be kept in such rooms.

Unfortunately, the defendant contracted a potentially life threatening mold infection. He remains hospitalized as a result of the infection. Two other patients who had also undergone an organ transplant and stayed in the same room also contracted an infection. Unfortunately, these two patients did not survive. A report released by the CDC reveals that air was being pulled into the room from a busy, carpeted corridor and recommended that the carpet be removed and a door in the corridor be utilized only as an emergency exit; the hospital claims that it has complied with these recommendations.

Due to alleged hospital negligence, one man is still recovering from a serious infection while two families are coping with the loss of their loved ones. Victims of medical malpractice in Texas are also aware of the potential ramifications of such negligence. In order to seek full accountability from responsible parties and to force changes to protect future patients, many victims file a civil lawsuit -- just as this man and his wife have done. Consultation service from the Maloney Team is free. Contact us today to get started.

Source: post-gazette.com, "Survivor of mold outbreak sues UPMC claiming negligence", Sean D. Hamill, Jan. 4, 2016

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