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Mother claims undiagnosed infection led to son's brain damage

Injuries to the brain are often not just serious, they can be life-changing. Severe brain damage can result in changes in physical and intellectual abilities and even an individual's personality. While a recently filed lawsuit did not occur in Washington, D.C., parents everywhere will be able to relate to the tragic circumstances that left a little boy permanently brain damaged.

The boy's mother filed the lawsuit on his behalf. The complaint alleges that doctors failed to diagnose and treat the five-year-old's sinus infection in a timely fashion. Had they done so, the lawsuit claims, they could have prescribed antibiotics that would have prevented the infection from spreading into his brain, causing loss of vision in one eye and permanent damage.

Instead, doctors focused on a fall the boy had previously experienced and sent him home with instructions to give him pain medication. These treatment orders came despite the fact that he was running a fever and his symptoms continued to worsen to the point that he began experiencing seizures. Expert witnesses state that these are markers for infection. A fever is not a typical symptom of head injuries from falling, and his worsening symptoms, even as forehead swelling decreased, were all clear indicators of an infection.

Tragically, by the time the situation was accurately diagnosed, irreversible brain damage had been done. Victims of brain injury often require ongoing care and costly treatment for the rest of their lives, and it is especially tragic when such injuries happen to young children. Washington, D.C., residents whose children or loved ones have suffered brain damage through a careless doctor's error may be able to get the help they need by seeking the counsel of a local attorney experienced in medical malpractice cases. Though these types of cases can be notoriously difficult to win, a seasoned lawyer will have the legal knowledge to fight on behalf of injured victims.

Source: santafenewmexican.com, "Mother takes doctors to court after son suffered brain damage", Phaedra Haywood, Nov. 28, 2017

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