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Negligence cited after fatal transfusion of wrong blood type

Medical malpractice can occur in a number of different ways in a New Mexico hospital setting. Many tend to think about surgical errors. However, wrong dosages and wrong medications are often also the subject of many medical negligence claims. A man who represents the deceased's estate has filed a legal claim against a hospital and some of its staff alleging medical malpractice resulted in the death of a patient in 2014.

According to the lawsuit, the woman received a blood transfusion in the middle of January 2007. The woman had type B blood, but she was given type A blood during the transfusion. As a result, the claim asserts that she died later that day. She had two adult children who suffered financial losses due to the hospital's alleged negligence.

The lawsuit says that the hospital employees were negligent when they gave the woman the wrong blood type in the transfusion and that they failed to properly read the patient's information. The employees are also cited as having failed to communicate properly in order to prevent the unnecessary error. In addition to the medical negligence, the legal claim is being brought forth as a survival action saying that the woman experienced conscious pain and suffering prior to her demise.

Anyone in New Mexico who has suffered the loss of someone as a result of medical malpractice has the right to move forward with a legal claim. The same is true for anyone who has experienced hospital negligence on his or her own. A successfully litigated claim will need to prove the negligence of the hospital and/or doctor and can sometimes end with a monetary award to help compensate a victim for the financial losses that resulted from the mistakes that occurred.

Source:, "Woman dies after alleged transfusion with wrong blood type", Carol Ostrow, July 29, 2015

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