When parents in North Carolina and elsewhere take their children to the hospital for care, they might expect doctors to take every possible measure to properly diagnose and treat their conditions. Should medical concerns go unattended, they may persist even after a child is released from the hospital, and the fallout of such negligence could pose a significant threat to the child’s health. A family in another state was recently awarded a judgment of $26 million during a recent medical malpractice lawsuit after their child suffered permanent damage under similar circumstances.
Permanent brain damage
According to reports, the family first took the child to the hospital for treatment after she suffered a fall while at a daycare facility. The lawsuit states that a doctor recommended she be admitted and treated for seizures, but she was reportedly released the following day without further care. The family says that the seizures did not stop, and they say that her condition caused her to suffer permanent brain damage.
The lawsuit stated that the child’s condition will require permanent medical care. Her family says that she will never be able to do things other children can do and that although she is nearly 6 years old, she is still unable to walk or talk. Reports indicate that during recent legal proceedings, a jury ruled in favor of the family, awarding a judgment of $26 million.
Children who are subjected to medical malpractice could experience hardships throughout the rest of their lives. Families with children who suffer permanent harm due to such negligence might wish to know more about their available options for legal recourse, and they could benefit from speaking with an attorney for advice on the next steps to take. An attorney can evaluate the situation a client is facing thoroughly and assist him or her in preparing to seek the full amount of compensation entitled through a medical malpractice claim.