In a particularly gruesome story coming out of Canada, a woman from Halifax is suing a hospital, and five doctors in particular, after she lost all her limbs while in the process of giving birth to her child.
As bizarre as it is gruesome, the normally joyous occasion of a child’s birth was marred by the discovery of a flesh-eating bacteria, all due to what is being alleged to be an act that may be considered medical negligence.
The woman, Lindsey Hubley, contracted a flesh-eating bacteria within days of giving birth to her child, and the result has left her a quadriplegic amputee. She also had a hysterectomy.
The cause of the bacteria, Hubley alleges, was a piece of placenta that was not removed during the birth of her child. Not only is the hospital potentially culpable on this issue, but other mistakes were also made in the following days. All of which meant, after the bacteria was discovered, that it was too late to save her limbs.
The discovery was delayed, however, because Hubley was misdiagnosed when she first brought attention to early symptoms. Doctors told her she had constipation and sent her home.
Her lawyer, Ray Wagner, alleges that the situation was preventable at least in part and perhaps in entirety if the doctors had been more thorough in their work. “Our allegations are that had she been properly assessed when she presented at the hospital … a substantial part of the damage, if not all of it, could have been prevented,” Wagner told CBCNews.
Hubley is the latest case of medical negligence in Canada, but her story is by far not the only one. In fact, Canada has a large number of medical negligence lawyers, just as America does, and for the same reason. Many cases present themselves regularly across the border.
While Hubley’s story is sad, it still has a relatively happy ending. Though Hubley spent the first seven months of her child’s life in a hospital, her health has been improving. Her husband says she is positive and in good spirits.
“She’s incredibly positive,” he said. “She has an outlook that this process has taken her arms and her legs, but it’s not going to take her happiness.”
Hubley’s trials are not over yet. She still requires a kidney transplant, and she will also require rehab. Her fiance, meanwhile, has been unable to work since their child was born. Nonetheless, the new family remains hopeful about the future.
Hubley, according to Wager, is “lucky to be alive,” and she seems to have found happiness in recognizing that fact for herself.
Hubley’s case is not unique, and if you or someone you know is being mistreated by doctors or a hospital be sure to speak up early and to speak up loudly.
As the years go by and society gradually changes there is an inevitable change in law. Old laws aren’t as applicable, and new technology creates new situations that need to be covered in a legal document. When those laws can potentially affect millions of people, however, lawmakers need to take into account all the people under its umbrella. In the case of workers compensation, people injured at work need to know that the treatment they need for their injury or the financial support that helps keep them and their families living will still be protected.
There has been a lot of talk in the North Carolina Industrial Commissions about the reform of prescription drugs that are covered under the state’s workers compensation programs. According to the website for Environmental, Health, and Safety Today, there are two main points that the Commission is working towards. The first point is that they want to save on health spending by switching the brand name drugs they were prescribing to cheaper, generic and locally made medicine. The second point is in response to the ongoing opioid epidemic. They want to limit the number of people getting addicted to the drug and focus on prescribing different methods of pain relief. With roughly 180,000 prescriptions written over a three-year period between 2012 and 2015, the state could have saved $8.7 million by switching to generic brand medication. The Commission has created an Opioid Task Force earlier in 2017 to meet and brainstorm solutions to the problem caused by the epidemic and workers compensation medication claims. Hopefully, the money they could save by giving injured workers off-brand drugs could go to the Opioid Task Force. Across the country, there are over 2 million people with an opioid disorder. These 2 million come from an estimated 12.5 million people misusing prescriptions with a potential to develop a disorder. In 2015 alone over 33,000 people died from overdosing on these types of medication. The epidemic has cost the country almost 79 billion dollars in lost economic potential.
Wanting to save money on budgets is one thing, but when that means potentially giving people cheaper medication, then North Carolina needs to be careful. Until there are official studies showing that the generic drugs they want to push for are as good as the big name brand drugs I doubt it will become law. According to the workers compensation lawyers at Scudder Seguin, PLLC, there were over 74,000 people who suffered from nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses. Those people need the best treatment their employer and state can provide them.
While reform can keep laws current, sometimes it can be for profit rather than for people. There is a lot on North Carolina’s, and the whole country’s, plate right now. Instead of potentially giving people off-brand drugs they should invest in medicine to find better, non-addictive solutions to the problems that people experience.
Construction work is a particularly dangerous job. Not only are you working with heavy equipment and machinery, but you are also often doing so from a great height. This leads to a number of opportunities for mistakes and accidents, particularly if other workers or job site managers are not performing their duties safely. These careless actions can cause serious injuries or, in the worst cases, death. Construction site accidents are unfortunately common all across the United States, and they result in significant physical and financial losses for many construction workers.
In the Dallas/Fort Worth area particularly, there is a large amount of construction work that is happening year round. Although regulations are in place to help prevent serious injuries on these work sites, accidents still happen that have devastating results. Dallas news center CBS has reported on two accidents that occurred in the past two years, bringing light to the dangerous situations many construction workers face. In May of 2015, a fatal accident occurred on the construction site of an apartment building on Maple Avenue. The worker was performing a task on one of the “higher floors” of the four story building and fell to the ground. Emergency responders were alerted and came to the building only to find that the worker was dead upon their arrival. CBS reported a similarly tragic accident that occurred in June of 2016 when another worker was killed on the job. At a commercial construction site near Berkshire Lake Boulevard, a dump truck that was delivering materials began to roll towards the worker. No one was aware of the truck’s movement, and it ended up pinning the worker to the ground and crushing him. There is no further information about the cause of these accidents; however, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will investigate.
Although the cause of these deaths is not yet available to the public, it is possible and even likely that another individual’s careless or negligent behavior added to the risk that these workers were already facing and potentially caused their accident. After an event such as this, these worker’s family members and other loved ones are facing significant emotional pain as well as possible financial suffering, due to this accident. They should not have to face this loss at all, and they certainly should not be held responsible for the financial damages this accident has caused.
Nothing will be able to bring back these individuals or prevent these families from grieving this loss. However, they can seek financial compensation for their losses, that can help them remain financially stable and begin to recover from this devastating loss. With the help of Dallas area personal injury attorneys, like The Benton Law Firm, these families can file a lawsuit against the company or other individuals involved, which may help them manage the financial burden this accident has caused. No amount of financial compensation can heal the pain these families are feeling, however, and we must all work to make construction sites a safer place to work.