A jury in Tennessee returned a verdict of $7.8 million in damages on a lawsuit involving a child who suffered brain damage as a result of improper hospital treatment. The hospital errors included failure to administer proper medications, which led to brain damage.
The suit was filed against the Dyersburg Regional Medical Center. The lawsuit, filed by the family of a 12-year-old boy, alleged that the victim received treatment in 2004 at the facility for a wound inflicted by a nail. He was not given the proper antibiotics and caught a flesh-eating form of bacteria that caused him to require skin grafts and later slip into a coma. The victim suffered brain damage as a result of the coma.
Unfortunately, medical malpractice does not only occur in Tennessee hospitals. There are many instances of medical malpractice right here in Ohio, and these incidents often result in injury to patients. It is hard enough for families and patients when these things happen to adults, but it is most devastating when they affect innocent children and cause irreversible damage. This young patient came in for treatment for a relatively minor injury and wound up with permanent brain damage. Victims and their families who have suffered from medical malpractice and hospital errors do have recourse to recover damages.
By talking to a personal injury attorney, these victims may be able to develop a strategy to fight for compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, and other compensatory damages. While not every case brings in verdicts of this size, personal injury attorneys work to help a wide array of victims of hospital error.
Source: Dyersburg State Gazette, "Family receives $7.8M settlement in flesh-eating bacteria case," Aug. 31, 2012