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.
Researchers recently published a discussion concerning children that have suffered brain injury during pediatric care. Sadly, for Ohio and Kentucky parents of brain injured children, the conclusions of leading experts were not encouraging. The overall conclusion was that the recovery process for such children suffering brain injuries would generally last an entire lifetime.
There's a reason why we in Ohio and Kentucky hold our hospitals to a higher standard of care. We don't want hospitals to be operated in such a manner that medical blunders can be excused.
It has been shown that general anesthesia can cause various adverse effects more common to children than adults. Oftentimes, the administration of anesthesia can decrease the blood and oxygen flow to the brain. This can come about due to simple miscommunication between nurses, anesthesiologists and their physicians.
Problems with anesthesia can lead to insufficient blood flow that can ultimately result in brain damage. Often errors in administering anesthesia come about due to simple communication errors between medical staff. The results of such errors can be devastating, but there does appear to be good news concerning its use.
In a gut-churning violent crime in 1997, an Ohio man violently assaulted his girlfriend for trying to end their relationship. He knocked her down on the pavement and stomped on her head with his boot-clad feet. The kicking caused brain damage, and since the attack the woman lived in at least six nursing homes until her death in August 2009. Her death led to the assaulter's indictment on one count of homicide in December 2010.