A Florida jury has jus awarded the parents of a 15 year old girl $4.3 million in a medical malpractice case that was filed in 1996. The case arose when the girl was born, at which time doctors misdiagnosed a virus that the girl had. As a result, the girl’s brain and kidneys were permanently damages. The girl now has severe vision problems and permanent cirrhosis of the liver.
Once the girl got sick, the doctors allegedly ignored symptoms that pointed to an enterovirus, a typically mild illness that can become deadly in infants without a developed immune system. The doctors also failed to take liver and blood tests that would have quickly identified the virus. A copy of the article regarding the case can be found here.
As an experienced Baltimore, Maryland medical malpractice lawyer, I have handled a number of cases involving children who have suffered severe and permanent injuries from malpractice. It’s always tragic to see a child whose life has been permanently affected by the negligence of another.