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Death from infection leads to wrongful death lawsuit

| Sep 17, 2020 | Wrongful Death |

No matter how much family members are loved in New Mexico, circumstances often arise in which families recognize that they are unable to meet the care needs a loved one requires. For example, some people are discharged from the hospital to nursing homes or rehabilitation facilities for short periods of time to complete their treatment. Unfortunately, a recently filed wrongful death lawsuit in another state accuses a hospital and two nursing homes of wrongful death.

The case involves the death of a 69-year-old woman who was both a mother and grandmother. Reports indicate that the woman sought treatment at a hospital in Feb. 2019 for leg pain. She is said to have undergone a biopsy that become infected.

Over the six months that followed this treatment, the woman reportedly went between being treated at the hospital and cared for at a nursing home facility and, at one point, sought care at a different facility. Finally in Aug. 2019, a loved one visiting her noticed that she seemed confused. The woman once again returned to the hospital, but she died three days later after going into cardiac arrest, reportedly due to septic shock.

A representative for the family claims that the woman’s condition should have been easy to treat. While the family is seeking damages in the wrongful death suit, they are hoping that by taking action, additional safeguards will be put into place to prevent a similar incident from happening again. Many people in New Mexico have learned that taking legal action by filing a civil suit is the one of the few ways to seek justice for a loved one who died as a result of negligence.

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