Medical Mistake May Have Caused the Death of 13-Year-Old Girl

In Houston, people who trust their health and the health of their loved ones with a medical professional don't expect a medical mistake to lead to long-term damage or the loss of a loved one. When a person is injured or dies due to the errors of a doctor or medical staff, the family may want to investigate the wrongful death and determine whether or not it was preventable.

A 13-year-old girl died after treatment at a hospital damaged her a chamber of her heart. The seventh-grader was in the hospital for lymphoma, which was originally thought to have led to her death. However, her autopsy showed that she was actually killed a mistake made with the intravascular line that perforated her heart chamber.

Although people in general get good health care, there are instances in which a doctor mistake causes terrible results. Medical staff can err by being negligent, prescribing and implementing improper treatment or making diagnostic mistakes. In some situations giving improper medication, making mistakes during surgery or when administering anesthesia or mismanaging ongoing health issues such as cancer may all be considered negligent behavior. When a person suffers a significant injury that requires long-term care or when a family faces the loss of a loved one, they are entitled to explore the possibility of compensation.

In this case, the young girl was suffering from cancer. That's a terrible enough thing for the family to deal with. But when it was discovered that the child died due to a medical mistake, the circumstances were made even worse. In a situation such as this, the families may want to discuss the matter with an attorney.

Source:, "Grand Rapids Teen Died From Medical Error," Carl Gustin, March 7, 2014

Categories: Wrongful Death