Hospital Accused of Negligence
Written by Faith Anderson on February 19, 2013
Side Effects of Tainted Pain Medications
Zenner has pleaded guilty in federal court to a felony of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud while he worked at St. Cloud Hospital in late 2010 and early 2011, and the hospital appears to have reached out-of-court agreements with several of the affected patients. The four plaintiffs involved the latest hospital infection lawsuits are between the ages of 50 and 70; two were hospitalized in November 2010, and two in January 2011. According to the plaintiffs, they each tested positive for Klebsiella oxytoca bacterium, and one patient also had an Ochrobactrum anthropi infection, causing the patients to suffer side effects like severe pain and high fevers.
Hospital Accused of Medical Negligence
St. Cloud Hospital reportedly reached out to all of the patients affected by blood infections and offered to answer their questions and ensure that they returned to good health. “These particular four patients opted to not accept our offer to meet with them, and they chose to pursue legal action instead,” said hospital spokeswoman Jeanine Nistler. According to allegations raised in the medical negligence lawsuits, the hospital knew as early as June 2010 that there was an issue with the pain medications being diverted, but failed to take action before Zenner could cause their blood infections. The complaints also allege that the hospital failed to properly use a pain medication tracking system already in place, which could have identified Zenner as the medication thief.
An Experienced Attorney Can Help You File a Claim
Hospitals and medical professionals are responsible for the safety and well-being of the patients in their care, and are expected to exercise a reasonable standard of care in order to protect their patients from unnecessary harm. Unfortunately, when they fail to do so, the results can be devastating for affected patients. If you have experienced a severe side effect that you believe to be related to a tainted medication or medical negligence on the part of your doctor or a hospital, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help you get in touch with a qualified lawyer in your area, with whom you can discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the allegedly negligent person or party, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering.