A West Virginia medical malpractice lawsuit filed by the parents of a 7-year-old child who is in a permanent vegetative state alleges that the defendant pediatrician’s medical negligence on numerous occasions in failing to timely and properly diagnose the child’s true medical condition led to the child’s catastrophic injury.
The devastated parents allege in their West Virginia medical malpractice lawsuit that was filed on June 21, 2016 in Putnam County, West Virginia, that the defendant pediatrician and the subsequent treating hospital breached the standard of care by failing to diagnose the child’s supraventricular tachycardia and by failing to properly care for the child in the hospital.
The Alleged Facts
The parents’ saga began on December 13, 2010, when they brought their child to his pediatrician because the child had been vomiting for about one week. The parents allege in their West Virginia medical malpractice complaint that the defendant pediatrician failed to diagnose the cause of their child’s vomiting and also failed to document his pulse rate in the medical record.
The parents telephoned the pediatrician’s office twice in December 2010, one week apart, advising the pediatrician that their son continued to vomit. The child was finally seen by the pediatrician four days later, on December 27, 2010, at which time the parents allege in their West Virginia medical malpractice lawsuit that the defendant pediatrician again failed to diagnose the cause of their son’s vomiting and again failed to document his pulse rate in their child’s medical record.
Almost seven months later, on July 18, 2011, the parents returned with their young son to the pediatrician because he was having episodes of vomiting. The child’s pulse rate was documented at 100 beats per minute during that visit, and the defendant pediatrician one week later referred the parents to a gastroenterologist for their child.
During the visit to the gastroenterologist on August 6, 2011, the child’s pulse was found to be over 160 beats per minute. The child was transported to the defendant hospital where he was diagnosed with a cardiac abnormality resulting in supraventricular tachycardia. The child’s condition deteriorated in the hospital and his respiratory rate doubled. The parents allege that the hospital’s medical staff negligently failed to timely intubate their son, resulting in his cardiac arrest the next morning that caused permanent neurological injury that resulted in their child being in a permanent vegetative state.
The parents’ West Virginia medical malpractice lawsuit seeks compensatory damages for the economic and noneconomic losses as a result of the defendants’ alleged breaches of the applicable standard of care in their treatment and care of their son.
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