Medical patients in Hawaii typically depend on emergency room doctors to correctly diagnose and appropriately treat urgent medical conditions. Unfortunately, doctors’ negligence sometimes results in additional suffering to a patient who develops infection or illness as a result of substandard medical care. In a recent case, a woman in another state filed a lawsuit against doctors whom she claims are responsible for her current medical condition.
The woman was taking care of a family member’s cat in 2013. When the cat became engaged in a fight with another feline, the woman was bitten in the process of trying to resolve the situation. Sometime later, she went to the emergency room because of an apparent infection that had arisen at the site of the bite wounds.
The woman blames several doctors for her continued medical problems. She claims that, on some days, she is barely able to function. She alleges that her medical problems were directly caused by the doctors’ failure to properly clean her bite wounds and treat the existing infections.
Apparently, the woman’s condition has resulted in multiple trips to the emergency room, as well as specialized treatment at an infectious disease unit. Her claim states that medical negligence is directly to blame for her continued pain, weakness and disability. Similar incidents may occur in Hawaiian hospitals. In those circumstances, a patient whose injury or illness is believed to have been caused by medical malpractice is able to file a legal claim in a civil court in order to seek a monetary judgment for documented damages.
Source: mlive.com, “Cat bite victim sues U-M hospital for alleged medical malpractice“, John Counts, Dec. 11. 2015