$130M Awarded to Family following Preventable Medical Error

$130M Awarded to Family following Preventable Medical Error

Preventable medical mistakes occur at an alarming rate, making them the third leading cause of death in the United States. If you believe a loved one died or suffered catastrophic harm from a preventable hospital error, consult immediately with a San Diego medical malpractice lawyer to determine your options.

In a recent case, a jury awarded the family of a 12-year-old boy $130M following an error that left him with a severe brain injury, and cerebral palsy. The award will be used to pay for a lifetime of medical care and treatment. The boy had been born prematurely, but was healthy. He had a mild kidney issue requiring follow-up. At a 2-week follow-up appointment, staff had trouble establishing an IV line. Once the line was established, the boys started turning blue. The mother called for a Code Blue, but staff failed to act immediately, according to court documents. They also failed to start chest compression or check for a pulse. As a result of these delays, the boy suffered irreversible brain damage, the lawsuit asserts.

Here, the jury determined that the hospital failed to act in accordance with the requisite standard of care, and a medical malpractice verdict in favor of the family was warranted.

For more information or if you believe you or a loved one suffered harm due to medical negligence, please contact the San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.


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