Contaminated Medication Causes Patient to Lose Legs

by Staff Blogger | December 16th, 2014

Each year thousands of patients are harmed as the result of being administered drugs that were contaminated due to poor handling or manufacturing processes.

One such case resulted in a drug injury lawsuit against the hospital responsible for allegedly giving the victim a dose of a contaminated drug that led to their development of serious health complications.

According to an article from CBS Miami News, the Brevard County hospital was sued after a bypass surgery patient was given a dose of blood thinner contaminated with bacteria. This led to an infection that ultimately resulted in the amputation of the patient’s legs. The victim contends the hospital was made aware of a recall of the contaminated drug, but failed to take action.

The hospital argued the claims should be handled as a medical malpractice case, but a panel of judges recently ruled the case should be heard as-is.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we are aware of the serious harm caused by contaminated patients. That’s why our drug injury lawyers are hopeful a decision in this case will help bring a sense of closure to the victim.