Florida's Martin Memorial Asks State Supreme Court to Toss Out Infection Lawsuit

Martin Memorial Health Systems, based in Stuart, Fla., is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn an appellate decision that would allow an infection lawsuit against the hospital to go forward, according to a TCPalm news report.

A patient who was admitted to the hospital for surgery filed a lawsuit in 2005 against the hospital, alleging she had acquired a MRSA infection during her hospital stay that later caused complications and permanent injury.

In 2009, a circuit court judge threw out the lawsuit because the patient's attorney could not make a direct link between the infection and the hospital. However, an appellate court later overturned that ruling, allowing the case to continue.

The health system's attorney argued to the high court that the appellate court's ruling "will generate confusion for lawyers and judges trying medical malpractice lawsuits, and inevitable disharmony among decisions throughout the state," according to the news report. The Supreme Court has not yet disclosed whether it will intervene in the matter.

Read the news report about Martin Memorial Health Systems' medical malpractice lawsuit.

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