The parents of a 7-year-old boy filed a medical malpractice claim earlier this month against the boy’s pediatrician and others claiming that the boy suffered blindness due to the alleged failure to timely and properly diagnose the boy’s bacterial meningitis. The now 9-year-old boy was brought to his pediatrician’s office in late October, 2009, complaining of a severe headache. The pediatrician diagnosed an ear infection.
As the boy’s condition deteriorated over the next several days, the boy was brought back to his pediatrician’s office. On the third day after the initial visit, the medical malpractice claim alleges that the pediatrician was unable to perform a neurological examination of the boy because of the severity of his headache. The medical malpractice claim further alleges that a telephone call to the pediatrician’s office the day prior resulted in the receptionist stating that there was nothing else the pediatrician could do for the boy since he had just been in the pediatrician’s office the day before.
The pediatrician allegedly referred the boy for a brain CT scan that resulted in the diagnosis of migraine. Instead, the pediatrician should have immediately sent the boy to a hospital emergency room for a spinal tap that would have led to the diagnosis of bacteria meningitis that would have been treated with intravenous antibiotics that would have saved the boy’s eyesight, according to the medical malpractice lawsuit.
Later on the same day that the pediatrician was unable to perform a neurological exam due to severe headache, the boy was found unresponsive at home and was rushed to a local hospital emergency room from where he was promptly airlifted to a regional children’s specialty hospital where he was finally diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. The boy was in a coma for three weeks after which he awoke to blindness in both eyes.
He suffered from systemic bacterial infection, respiratory failure, impaired hearing and speech, seizures, and brain damage, all as a result of the late diagnosis of bacterial meningitis, according to the medical malpractice claim. He had to re-learn basic functions, including eating, talking, and walking, due to his severe injuries. He continues to receive rehabilitation at home.
The defendant pediatrician’s lawyer denied the claims against her and vowed to defend the medical malpractice case vigorously.
If timely and promptly diagnosed, bacterial meningitis can be treated and resolved without permanent injury — the keys are prompt diagnosis and timely treatment. A delay of mere hours in diagnosis and treatment can result in permanent injuries.
The catastrophic injuries allegedly suffered by the Connecticut boy may have been timely and effectively treated if treatment began immediately. Now, the boy’s future looks bleak.
If you or a family member have suffered injuries due to a late or mis-diagnosed medical condition, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Obtaining the prompt legal advice from a medical malpractice attorney is critical to protecting your legal rights.
Visit our website to be connected with medical malpractice lawyers in your state who may be willing and able to investigate your possible medical malpractice claim and file a medical malpractice case on your behalf, if appropriate. You may also reach us toll free at 800-295-3959.
Turn to us when you don’t know where to turn.