When doctors make mistakes in the medical treatment of children, it is not something most parents will accept without taking action. While this is the type of medical malpractice case that can easily play out in Wisconsin, a jury trial recently kicked off in another state. That case involves a child who will never be able to live a normal life.
According to court documents, an older boy pushed a 5-year-old child off a slide during the city’s summer program. He suffered a head injury and was rushed to the hospital where he was treated over the following three days. The complaint states that doctors that treated him focused on the head injury and missed the diagnosis of a sinus infection that was so severe that it affected his brain.
The parents further claim that they took the child back to the hospital twice, at which times the child was prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs and sent home. After the boy suffered several seizures, the parents went back one more time and refused to leave. This was when the child was transferred to a different medical facility where it was determined that the infection had caused severe brain damage and also the loss of sight in one of his eyes.
None of these allegations have been proved in court yet, and the outcome of this case remains to be seen. However, Wisconsin parents who are in a similar situation may want to learn about their rights if they suspect medical negligence. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can answer their questions, and assess the viability of a civil lawsuit. If they have grounds for such a lawsuit, the lawyer can provide the necessary guidance and support in their pursuit of recovery of financial and emotional damages.
Source: santafenewmexican.com, “Mother takes doctors to court after son suffered brain damage“, Phaedra Haywood, Nov. 28, 2017