H1N1 Pregnancy Death Leads to Medical Malpractice Claim

An Ohio woman is one of an estimated 12,270 people in America who have died in the last year because of complications from the H1N1 virus. Her family, however, thinks her doctor could have prevented the death and the Donahey Law Firm is now representing them in their wrongful death lawsuit.

Kelsey Young was 20 years-old and pregnant when she contracted H1N1 and went to the hospital. A doctor sent her home after brief treatment, but did not prescribe Tamiflu. Her symptoms worsened, and she was hospitalized in a different facility. At that hospital, she delivered her baby prematurely and died. Her relatives are caring for the baby.

Her family sued the hospital, its parent company and Young's doctor, arguing they should have administered Tamiflu.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone older than six months receive the H1N1 flu vaccine, particularly those at risk of higher risk of hospitalization. Pregnant women are included on the list, along with those who have lung or heart disease or diabetes. About 70 percent of hospitalized H1N1 patients have been children under 2, adults over 65 and pregnant women.

The CDC also tells patients to see a doctor within two days of the onset of flu symptoms. It states that pregnant woman and other high-risk individuals should have high-priority access to Tamiflu and other antiviral drugs.

Kelsey Young's death could have been avoided if her physician had followed CDC guidelines and administered Tamiflu. If you or someone you love has suffered an injury due to medical error, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. A lawyer experienced in medical malpractice claims can help you receive compensation for your injuries.