When someone suffers from a medical condition, they usually trust that their medical staff will do everything in their power to pinpoint and treat their ailment. That is not always the case and Colorado doctors do not get it right all the time. A family has filed a lawsuit for medical negligence against several medical facilities on behalf of their daughter. They claim that their child did not receive medical attention she needed two years ago.
The events started after the child complained of having a fever, fast heart rate and stomach pain. She was taken to the doctor’s office and the emergency room multiple times, but doctors said that she would be okay. Sometime later, the child had to be taken by air to a children’s hospital for emergency surgery after her appendix ruptured. During the surgery, doctors were forced to perform CPR and the child went into cardiac arrest multiple times.
The family claims that the doctors failed in their duty to diagnose the child with appendicitis. Since the surgery, the child has lost her leg and is permanently brain damaged. According to the family lawyer, the child’s medical treatment adds up to over $1.6 million and estimated future medical care could cost as much as $40 million. The family is seeking an amount over $1 million in their civil action.
When a loved one suffers injury or permanent damage due to medical negligence, it can place heavy burdens on the family, especially when it is a child. This child may never have the ability to care for herself again and could now be completely dependent on those who are around her. As with this case, a family in Colorado may be entitled to file a medical malpractice suit against a medical facility to recover damages related to the injuries suffered.
Source: newswest9.com, “Midland Family Files Medical Malpractice Suit Against Midland Memorial Hospital,” Alexa Williams, July 29, 2013