Child, mother, awarded $10.1 million in medical malpractice case

An out-of-state jury handed down a $10.1 million award to a mother and son in a medical malpractice case recently. The jury decided that physicians who had treated the son at a children's hospital did not make a timely diagnosis of his bacterial meningitis, even after several trips to the emergency room. When medical malpractice results in serious injury to Tennessee residents, they are entitled to file a medical malpractice suit against the parties believed to have been responsible.  

The child was around 11 months old when he contracted meningitis. The now 6-year-old boy suffers from hearing loss, a language disorder, developmental and learning delays as well as a loss of balance. The verdict, rendered in November, included $7.5 million for pain and suffering, $1.5 million to help with future medical care and $1.1 million for future loss of earnings.

For a few days, the boy had been sick. He was brought to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's emergency room on Dec. 21, 2009. During his first visit, he was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection. He did not receive much treatment and was sent home. Unfortunately, his condition worsened, and he was then taken back a second as well as a third time, but when they learned that he had contracted bacterial meningitis, it was already too late to help -- the boy had already suffered permanent brain damage as well as other injuries.

Successfully litigated medical malpractice claims may result in the entry of a monetary judgment to help pay for medical bills, ongoing care and pain and suffering, among others items of damage. Tennessee victims typically begin this process by consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney. A parent or legal guardian may bring the claim on behalf of an injured child.

Source: philly.com, "Jury awards $10.1M in malpractice case against CHOP", Chris Mondics, Nov. 20, 2015

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