When a child is born, parents expect the doctor, nurses and other staff to provide care that is up to the current levels of the mandatory standard of care. That doesn't always happen, though, as a New York mother can attest to. Her son, who is now 6 years old, was born at New York Methodist Hospital in 2007 and less than 48 hours later, the doctor signed off the newborn's release from the hospital.
Unfortunately, the boy suffered from jaundice, which is relatively common in newborn babies. However, those babies that do have it must be treated. Symptoms usually begin with the whites of the eyes turning yellow. Instead of receiving treatment though, the boy in question was simply shipped out of the hospital, with the mother receiving guarantees from the nurses that the boy's jaundice would go away on its own.
The baby boy didn't fare well. When he began vomiting, the parents took him to Kings County Hospital. It was there that a diagnosis was made of hyperbilirubinemia. This is the name for severe jaundice that causes cerebral palsy and brain damage.
The mother has now won a lawsuit for $25 million against New York Methodist Hospital due to the severe disabilities her son suffers from as a result of the doctors errors. She said that she would give all of the money back just to have a healthy son. He is in a wheelchair and cannot sit or walk by himself.
It may be awhile before the woman sees any money, though, as the hospital has said they plan to appeal the multi-million dollar verdict.
When grievous doctors errors are made, those who are injured have a right to seek compensation. Claims may be made for medical expenses, pain and suffering, permanent disability and other damages. Personal injury attorneys help victims of this type of medical negligence get the money they need and deserve.
Source: nydailynews.com, "Disabled Brooklyn boy awarded $25 million in untreated jaundice case against New York Methodist Hospital" Doyle Murphy, Nov. 19, 2013