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Recent Report Highlights Preventable Deaths at Memphis Transplant Center

Medical Malpractice LawyersMedical advancements have made organ transplants safer than ever, but like all major surgeries, there are still risks. But risk doesn’t excuse malpractice, and reports are coming in that indicate the poor practices of a major organ transplant center may have caused many preventable deaths. If you’re grieving over a loved one who died of complications related to a procedure by Methodist University Hospital of Memphis, you’re not alone. Others are facing the same struggle, and the law firm of Console & Associates will fight for their rights and yours.

Medical malpractice is a serious problem, especially when life and death hang in the balance. If the reports coming in about Methodist University Hospital are accurate, you deserve justice. No one can ever bring back what you’ve lost, but we can hold them accountable and get you the compensation you deserve. Call 866-778-5500 or fill out our online form to set up a free consultation with our medical malpractice lawyers and pursue your legal options.

Overworked Staff and Other Problems May Be Linked to Organ Transplant Deaths at Memphis’ Methodist University Hospital

Normal one-year survival rates for organ transplants are around 90%, depending on the specific procedure and circumstances. However, Methodist University Hospital’s liver transplant program has steadily declined compared to past performance and similar programs in recent years. This worrying trend led federal contractors to issue an audit, and this audit uncovered several concerning facts about the program.

For one, the investigation into deaths after receiving a liver transplant from the hospital indicated many were preventable. The report discovered several problems contributing to poor outcomes, such as systemic understaffing and a culture of prioritizing speed and quantity of procedures over quality. Besides making mistakes in the course of surgeries, the hospital has also frequently performed surgeries on people who weren’t good candidates for the treatment.

The above problems have also contributed to poor morale, as the junior staff reportedly know of these problems but feel powerless to reverse them. Reportedly, when they have spoken up it’s either failed to change things or has only temporarily improved matters.

Families have also been criticizing Methodist University Hospital over recklessness and a lack of transparency. In one case, the family alleges that the doctors failed to conduct adequate testing to make sure the patient had a sufficiently healthy heart for surgery. Once they went ahead with the liver transplant, he suffered a heart attack and died. To make matters worse, there are many other similar claims and criticisms of Methodist University Hospital.

Launching a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Over Organ Transplant Negligence

All medical professionals have a duty to provide the best quality of care to their patients and to do no harm. Violating this sacred trust can make the professionals and their institution legally liable for preventable death and other negative outcomes. While the exact threshold for such lawsuits varies from state to state and in each situation, there are many actions that may qualify as negligence in court. When it comes to organ transplants, such negligence might include:

  • Conducting a transplant on a patient who’s a poor candidate for the procedure
  • Using an unhealthy organ for the donation
  • Failing to match the patient blood type to the donor organ
  • Declining to provide proper informed consent for the patient
  • Performing avoidable or preventable errors in treatment
  • Compromising an organ due to delay

Call a Medical Malpractice Lawyer

No Fee PromiseWhile injured patients often bring medical malpractice lawsuits, all 50 states have wrongful death laws that entitle loved ones to take medical professionals and institutions to court. If you suspect that medical malpractice at the Memphis Transplant Center played a role in the death of your loved one, our medical malpractice lawyers are ready to help. We’ll investigate your situation, build the strongest case possible, and take them to court to help you get justice. Take your first step toward righting these wrongs by calling us at 866-778-5500, or completing our online form and we’ll schedule a free consultation between you and one of our experienced personal injury lawyers.

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