Q: Can I sue a hospital for gross negligence? My wife got an HAI from a local hospital, that went undetected and untreated.
She was transferred directly from that hospital, by ambulance, to Duke Medical Center where they discovered the infection almost immediately. It had already become Sepsis and she died from that infection 6 days later. I can produce the medical records from both hospitals and a letter from Duke which states that she arrived there with the infection. Second question: Can I file criminal charges against the hospital administration, or the physician and/or nurses who caused the infection? The infection was almost certainly caused by a very rough insertion of a catheter. The criminal charge question derives from the fact that I believe my wife's legal rights were abrogated. She told the nurses several times that she did not want that catheter and they would not stop. She was also given an injection of morphine against my expressed wishes.
A: Unlikely on the criminal. Contact attorney Carl Jacobson in Charleston. Tell him I suggested you call. He will give you a free consult, is extremely experienced. Infection cases aren't automatic liability.
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