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Mother and son awarded $1.3 million in medical malpractice suit

Kentucky is home to some of the best health care facilities in the country. However, medical malpractice still occurs at an alarming rate. In another state, a woman and her son were awarded $1.3 million from a lawsuit that was filed after alleged negligence injured the woman's son.

According to the lawsuit, the boy was admitted to the defendant's facility when he was only a month old. Records say the boy had a fever of over 102 degrees but did not have any other symptoms. The child was given fluids intravenously by medical staff, the lawsuit said. Allegedly, the IV was inserted incorrectly in the child's hand, and instead of the fluid entering the child's bloodstream, the fluid seeped into the surrounding muscle and skin. 

The burning medication created a patch of dead skin on the back of the child's hand and painful swelling, the lawsuit said. Allegedly, medical records noted that the boy's hand was blistered and discolored. The lawsuit claimed that the child suffered permanent scarring as well as unnecessary pain and suffering due to the negligence of the medical staff. The jury sided with the mother and child and awarded them a total of $1.3 million.

Although medical care has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years, negligence by health care providers continues to be one of the leading causes of death and injury in the country. Kentucky families that have been affected by medical malpractice have legal options at their disposal. A successfully litigated claim could result in substantial compensation to help families cope and recover from this difficult experience.

Source: thetandd.com, "Jury awards mother, son $1.3 million in suit vs. RMC", Gene Zaleski, May 15, 2018

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