Usually getting your tonsils out means a routine, outpatient surgery and all the ice cream you can eat. The tragic death of 12-year-old Carly Jane Liptak during her tonsillectomy two years ago shocked Floridians who wondered how this could happen to an otherwise healthy girl.
Doctors claimed that “complications of tonsillitis” killed Carly, but her parents have now filed a medical malpractice suit claiming negligence. The Tampa Bay Times reports that six minutes after the ear-nose-throat specialist started removing Carly’s tonsil, “bloody froth came up the breathing tube”, which should have been a “medical red light” but the doctor didn’t stop. Three hours later, Carly Jane Liptak died.
The facts of Carly Jane Liptak’s case seem to indicate a surgical error, in that the doctor did not stopping operating even after abnormal warning signs occurred. Some other signs of medical negligence may include the following:
All health care practitioners, including doctors, nurses and hospitals have a legal duty to provide you with proper medical care. If they fail to give the proper care, you can sue them for medical negligence. Health care providers are negligent if they do not give you the standard of medical care that a reasonable provider would give you in similar circumstances. If such negligence causes your injuries or illness, the provider may be liable to you.