A Los Angeles jury has awarded $7.3 million in a medical negligence lawsuit against a hospital due to the alleged failure to timely diagnose and treat a baby with meningitis in a neonatal intensive care unit. The baby had suffered brain damage as a result of the malpractice.
As an experienced Baltimore, Maryland medical malpractice attorney, I have handled a number of failure to timely diagnose and treat infection cases. One critical issue in these cases is what lawyers call causation. The attorney for the plaintiff must be able to prove that had the diagnosis been timely made, that there was enough time to treat the infection. This requires expert testimony usually from an infectious disease specialist or medical examiner. To see some of the cases I have handled, click here .