Seeing a child suffer from a chronic medical condition would be a nightmare for any parent, in Maryland or elsewhere. Knowing that the child’s condition was caused by the negligence of others would make the situation even more devastating. A family in another state whose son was handicapped after the actions of health care personnel was recently awarded over $130 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Reports show that a baby boy was born prematurely in 2016 with a prenatal kidney condition. The baby was released from the hospital after 48 hours, though he was to be brought back for further testing. The testing revealed that the baby also suffered from lupus.
During the test, an IV line was inserted. The mother noticed a dramatic change in the baby’s coloring and made attempts to make the medical team aware of the condition. The hospital staff did not respond immediately and didn’t take the necessary steps to treat the baby. As a result of lack of blood and oxygen to the brain, the baby developed cerebral palsy. The $130 million award was thought to be one of the largest amounts returned by a jury in the state of Michigan.
While no monetary amount can ease the pain and suffering experienced by this boy and his parents, the compensation can certainly ease the financial stress from his ongoing care. If someone is the victim of medical malpractice, it would be wise to contact a Maryland personal injury attorney for assistance. A knowledgeable lawyer will work with families to obtain a successful award that can help with medical bills, ongoing care and treatment and the myriad other expenses associated with long-term care.