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$45M in damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuit

For many parents in Washington, D.C., a recent lawsuit doubtless sounds like something out of a nightmare. A medical malpractice lawsuit accused doctors at a regional medical center in another state of failing to accurately diagnose an infant's leg fracture. This, tragically, is said to have contributed to a chain of events that ultimately resulted in the child's permanent brain damage.

The mother filed the malpractice claim on behalf of her young son. According to the complaint, doctors failed to properly diagnose the 2-month-old's leg fracture, an injury which -- unbeknownst to anyone at the time -- was the result of mistreatment by his father. Their failure to properly diagnose the injury allegedly led to the child being sent home with his parents. And that subjected him to further abuse at the hands of his father, with devastating results.

When the child was brought back to the hospital several weeks later, he was suffering from severe head trauma. At this point, the father apparently admitted that his frustration with the baby's crying had led him to throw the infant into his crib. As a result of the father's abusive actions, the child suffered permanent brain damage.

The malpractice liability was divided between the father and the two doctors. With brain damage, the child will most likely need expensive medical care for the rest of his life, which the $45 million in awarded damages will help to cover. Anyone in Washington, D.C. who has suffered due to doctor error or misdiagnosis may similarly benefit from exploring their legal options with a medical malpractice attorney.

Source: nj.com, "Abused infant reportedly awarded $45M in malpractice settlement", Matt Gray, Feb. 22, 2017

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