A young boy suffered significant brain injuries and cerebral palsy in Chicago after several experimental surgeries failed. His family sued the doctor and the accompanying hospital for several million dollars. Their case settled just last week for 30 million dollars. According to a press release from the Rush University Medical Center, the case was settled because it was for the “best interests of the child and family.”
This young boy was born in 2009 with several medical conditions, including a leaky esophagus. None of these conditions were life-threatening. To correct these conditions, he underwent 25 surgeries between 2009 and 2011. The suit alleges that on the final surgery, the doctor punctured the boys pulmonary artery and that the loss of blood flow caused his brain damage.
The suit further alleges that he was subjected to multiple experimental treatments that were carried out improperly. For example, during the boys second surgery, just a month after he was born, the doctor installed and replaced a stent on his esophagus. This treatment was highly experimental and, according to the suit, it was performed negligently. Additionally, during the final surgery, the doctor attempted to use a suturing device to repair the esophagus. According to the suit, the device was not designed for this purpose and failed.
The reason the amount was so high was two-fold. First, The boy suffered serious brain injuries, including cerebral palsy, which will necessitate extensive medical care for the rest of his life. And additionally, his treating doctor deviated from the standard of care on multiple occasions, as illustrated above.
Doctors are human and make mistakes. Unfortunately, the checks that are in place to reduce human error occasionally fail. If you or a loved one was injured due to doctor or hospital negligence, then you may want to consult with an attorney. An attorney may be able to help ensure you get the money you need for your family.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “$30M malpractice settlement against doctor who worked at Chicago hospitals,” Ameet Sachdev, Feb. 22, 2016