On February 12, 2016, an Alabama medical malpractice jury awarded a seriously injured child and his family $10 million for the missed diagnosis of bacterial meningitis when the child was three months old, resulting in the child’s permanent brain injury. As a result of the alleged negligent failure to diagnose and treat the infant’s meningitis in the defendant Alabama hospital emergency room on two consecutive days, the child suffers from seizures and hearing loss that will last the rest of his lifetime.
The Alabama medical malpractice lawsuit was filed by the child’s father in 2011 and alleged that the three-month-old infant was brought to the emergency room of the defendant Alabama hospital on two consecutive days in September 2009 with symptoms consistent with a serious bacterial infection. The infant was admitted to the hospital but the medical staff failed to conduct medical tests that would have diagnosed the infant with bacterial meningitis and failed to provide the infant with antibiotics to treat the serious and deadly bacterial infection, according to the plaintiff’s Alabama medical malpractice lawsuit.
The following day, the infant’s parents brought their child to a family practitioner, who suspected that the infant had a serious bacterial infection and therefore immediately performed a lumbar puncture that confirmed that the infant had bacterial meningitis. The infant was immediately flown to another Alabama medical center where he received medical treatment, including multiple surgeries.
The Alabama medical malpractice trial began on January 11, 2016 and lasted five weeks. The Alabama medical malpractice jury heard from more than twenty witnesses during the lengthy trial. The jury’s verdict was the largest medical malpractice jury verdict in the county in which the case was tried, and the length of the trial was the longest for a medical malpractice case in the county.
After the jury’s verdict was rendered, the defendant Alabama hospital issued a statement in which it stated, “We were very disappointed in the jury finding on Friday. There was no direct claim of fault against [the defendant hospital], instead a claim that the hospital was liable for the conduct of a private physician. We are considering our appellate options. Because of this we are unable to comment further.”
No parent should have to suffer a lifetime of what-ifs due to medical negligence that permanently harmed their child. While pursuing a medical malpractice claim cannot reclaim their child’s health and well-being, financial compensation for the medical expenses and long-term care costs associated with their child’s catastrophic injuries may help alleviate some of the financial harm.
If you or a loved one were the victim of medical negligence for the failure to timely diagnose a medical condition and/or the failure to timely and appropriately treat a medical condition in a hospital in Alabama or in a hospital in another U.S. state, you should promptly seek the advice of an Alabama medical malpractice lawyer, or a medical malpractice lawyer in your state, who may investigate your hospital malpractice claim for you and represent you in a hospital malpractice case, if appropriate.
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