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$19.2M Florida Medical Malpractice Verdict Awarded to Family of Girl with Cerebral Palsy

A jury has ordered Lee Memorial Health System (LMHS) to pay the family of Kiarra Smith $19.2 million in Florida medical malpractice damages. Smith, who is blind and suffers from cerebral palsy, developed her health complications as an infant in 2007 when at 15 days old she was accidentally given an overdose of nutrients while at HealthPark Medical Center. According to her family’s Florida injuries to a minor complaint, the dose that the hospital administered was 100 times greater than what her doctor had prescribed. Smith is now wheelchair bound. She will need care for the rest of her life. Medication Mistakes Medication errors can lead to serious health complications. In some cases, they can even prove fatal. It is the responsibility of doctors, nurses, and nursing assistants to make sure that the correct medication in the proper does is given to the right patient. Common cause of medication mistakes at hospitals: • Medication mix-up • Misreading a patient's chart or prescription order, which may have been written in poor handwriting • Incomplete (or lack of knowledge about a) patient medical history • Dosage error. • Confusing drug labeling • Health professionals that are multitasking, distracted, or inadequately trained Hospitals should have procedures in place to prevent medication mistakes from happening. Other common hospital mistakes include, surgical mistakes, failure to monitor a patient, lab mistakes, inadequate medical care, failure to provide postoperative care, birthing malpractice, anesthesia errors, and nursing negligence. Lee family awarded $19.2M in malpractice suit, NBC-2, February 7, 2011 Common Issues Cause Hospital Rx Errors, MedPageToday, February 6, 2011 Related Web Resources: What to Look Out For to Avoid Hospital Mistakes, HARP Hospital Errors Put More Patients at Risk, ABC News, April 4, 2007 Causes of Cerebral Palsy, About Cerebral Palsy It is important that you speak with about what happened to you or your loved one. You may have grounds for a Miami medical malpractice case.

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