Parents in Massachusetts who are watching their children suffer as a result of an illness often feel helpless and powerless. As a result, they put their faith and trust in the abilities of medical care providers. Unfortunately, sometimes such providers fail to adequately care for a sick patient. The parents of a deceased two-year-old in another state claim that her doctor’s failure to diagnose her illness ultimately led to her death.
The parents of the two-year-old claim that they took her to the hospital as a result of stomach issues. Unfortunately, they claim that doctors failed to diagnose her ruptured stomach. In fact, they claim they were sent home without any care instructions in some instances.
The young girl reportedly passed away a few months later after sepsis developed due to her undiagnosed and untreated condition. The family has recently been awarded approximately $6 million as a result of a medical malpractice lawsuit filed against the hospital and the doctors who treated her. A representative for the defendants maintains that the care provided by the doctors was appropriate.
The monetary award resulting from the doctor’s failure to diagnose the young girl’s condition will likely do little to reduce the grief that these parents feel over the loss of their daughter. However, it could potentially protect future patients and their families from going through the same experience. People in Massachusetts who are suffering or have lost a loved one as a result of medical malpractice can also seek legal recourse in a civil court to help with the costs stemming from such negligence.
Source: washingtontimes.com, “Pa. family awarded $6 million in medical malpractice suit“, May 21, 2015