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11M dollar verdict sticks despite PA hospital’s appeal

Thinking of your family, or other people in your life, there is nothing we wouldn’t do for them. Sometimes, medical needs are beyond home treatment and they allow a medical professional to assess and potentially treat their medical ailment. For one Pennsylvania family, their 11-month-old child was showing symptoms that made the parents realize something wasn’t quite right. Visit after visit to the hospital, and it was finally discovered that the boy was suffering from meningitis.

The parents alleged that the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was negligent when doctors failed to promptly diagnose the 11-month-old boy. Earlier detection by hospital staff could have saved his hearing and prevented brain damage that left him unable to speak. The appellate court awarded the family of the boy damages in excess of 11 million and the state’s highest court refused to even hear an appeal of the case.

This decision was made after the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia filed an appeal with that court, asking for a hearing to reverse the verdict. With the court’s refusal to hear the appeal, the defendant will be ordered to pay damages to the family based on the unnecessary injury caused by the misdiagnosis by the hospital staff. These damages will go to pay for the much needed medical care the boy will need in addition to any damages given for pain and suffering and loss of quality of life.

For many Pittsburgh families, they will never personally know the pain and struggle that comes with an ill or injured child. For those that do, finding out if negligence played a part in a loved one’s injury or illness is key to deciding how to move forward. If you have been injured due to negligent medical care, it may be in your best interest to contact an attorney to discuss the circumstances of your injury.

Source: pennlive.com, “Pa. Supreme Court rejects children’s hospital’s appeal of $11.3M medical malpractice verdict,” Matt Miller, October 11, 2017