My 75 year old mother went into a Texas hospital and had AAA surgery on Feb. 15 2010. Surgery went well and she began post-op recovery. She made it to rehab at the hospital on March 5, still having the main line IV in the right side of her neck she had had since the surgery. Almost immediately after entering rehab she began to feel ill, had severe pain in her right shoulder, developed sight problems, then mental confusion on March 6 and 7. She was readmitted to hospital on March 9 and quickly moved to ICU where she went into shock and doctors diagnosed fungal sepsis, caused by candida infection. She died on March 10. Do I have any hope of getting any relief via a malpractice lawsuit or any other avenue for what happened to my mother? I think they were slow to ID/treat the infection.
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional's negligence causes injury to a patient. Incorrect actions and inaction can both be forms of negligence.