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Improper care leads to worsened condition for cat bite victim

Many Pittsburgh residents have pets. Dogs, cats, birds, reptiles are all popular animals and companions for a great majority of people. But occasionally these animals lash out at their human caregivers and cause a serious injury. A woman is suing a Michigan hospital for medical malpractice, alleging they did not properly treat her and failed to diagnose her condition.

The woman was bitten by a cat in 2013 on her hand. She was caring for her sister's cat, which was an unneutered male, when another cat entered the garage where the cat was. The cats got in a fight and the woman got bit by one of the cats. She developed an infection from the bite and went to Covenant Hospital in Saginaw three times where she was given antibiotics and referred to a hand surgeon. She had three appointments with the hand surgeon and x-rays were taken. The x-rays showed lesions on her hand bones. She then went to the emergency room at U-M where she spent 12 hours in the ER in significant pain with a fever. She was eventually admitted and treated for osteomyelitis, cellulitis, rashes, anemia and renal failure. She credits the infectious disease department for saving her arm.

The woman is suing the University of Michigan Health System, claiming that the doctors did not properly handle her complications, which led to a worsened condition. She says she has suffered prolonged pain and weakness.

Many medical conditions are serious even if they don't sound like they would be. Cat bites can be life-threatening and debilitating because of the bacteria found in cat saliva. Medical professionals need to take these medical conditions seriously. If a family believes their medical condition was not taken seriously and that there was negligence on the part of the doctor, they may want to speak with a medical malpractice attorney. Families may be eligible to seek compensation for the damages they suffered.

Many medical conditions have the possibility to be serious issues. Medical professionals have the duty to provide the best and most thorough medical care to their patients.

Source:, "Cat bite victim sues U-M hospital for alleged medical malpractice", John Counts, Dec. 11, 2015

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