Posted On: May 19, 2009 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Medical Malpractice Suit over Massachusetts 4 Year Old Overdose

A medical malpractice tribunal will decide whether a lawsuit can move forward against a psychiatrist who prescribed powerful drugs for a 4-year-old girl who later died of an overdose.

According to this article in USA Today, Michael and Carolyn Riley are awaiting trial on murder charges for their daughter, Rebecca’s 2006 death. The psychiatrist is accused of intentionally overdosing the girl to keep her out of the way.

A lawyer for Rebecca’s estate argued in March that Dr. Kayoko Kifuji should be held responsible in her death, claiming that Kifuji diagnosed her with bipolar disorder too quickly and did not monitor her condition closely.

When a patient, such as Rebecca Riley, has been treated with substandard care by a doctor or healthcare provider and has suffered an injury or disability as a result, the patient has been the victim of medical malpractice. Misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, surgical errors, prescription drug errors, birth injuries, failure to treat diseases, delay in treatment, and negligence are just a few examples of medical malpractice. If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice in Pennsylvania, please contact Cherry Fieger and Marciano, LLP today for a free consultation with a Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney.

In severe cases of medical malpractice when a patient dies as a result of the negligence by the healthcare provider, the patient has been the victim of medical malpractice and wrongful death. In most cases, a Pennsylvania wrongful death claim may be handled along with a medical malpractice claim.