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Delay in care causes child to suffer a permanent brain injury

When a child is born, parents in Illinois and elsewhere expect medical professionals to be capable of providing their baby with the necessary care. Should a newborn child experience medical issues, parents may rely on doctors to provide swift medical attention, as delays in treatment could prove harmful to the child's health. A family in another state recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after negligent treatment left their child with a permanent brain injury.

According to the lawsuit, the incident took place while the couple's 2-month old child was in the hospital. The lawsuit states that while hospital staff members were attempting to administer intravenous therapy, the child suddenly began to experience issues with breathing. Although medical professionals were aware of the issue, they reportedly failed to take the necessary measures to treat the condition.

The family asserts that the delay in treatment left their child with severe brain damage, ultimately causing him to develop cerebral palsy. Similar medical conditions can have a substantial impact on a child's future. These conditions can also prompt a need for permanent medical care, and the costs associated with such treatment can be significant. After filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, the family was reportedly awarded a judgment of over $130 million.

When the negligent actions of a medical professional causes a child to suffer a severe brain injury, the child's family may wish to pursue accountability through the civil justice system. Since this can be a complex process, a family could choose to speak with an attorney for guidance on how best to proceed. An attorney in Illinois can examine the child's injuries and resulting financial needs and assist a client in pursuing the full amount of compensation entitled through a medical malpractice claim.

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