An almost three-year-old boy was brought to a major Louisville hospital with signs of an infection. The hospital ran various tests and found that this was not your run of the mill childhood infection. Instead, the child had a systemic infection that required treatment. Accordingly, blood work was done to determine what the right antibiotic would be for the child. Unfortunately, he was given a drug that didn’t work and he was sent home.
His parents brought him back to the hospital. No further blood work was done at that time to determine if the right drug was being given to treat the boy’s infection. He developed systemic sepsis and suffered either a stroke or hemorrhage. At that point, his medication was reevaluated, the right antibiotic was given and his infection went away.
However, it was too late to prevent lasting damage. The brain injury that he suffered while he was on the wrong medication left him with lasting deficits. The systemic breakdown with the doctors, nurses, lab and pharmacy left him significantly injured.
Soon after the right antibiotic was given, the child’s parents came to us for help. The $3.4 million settlement we were able to negotiate for this child has provided him with access to the intensive speech and occupational therapies that will help him recover to the maximum medical extent possible. Without his legal recovery, he likely would have gotten the bare minimum in speech and occupational therapies—his future would likely not be the same.
If your child has been hurt by a medical malpractice or a hospital prescription error then we encourage you to find out more about your child’s rights by reading our FAQs, “What Steps Should I Take If My Child Was Given the Wrong Medication for His or Her Condition?,” and “What Damages Are Available in a Kentucky Medical Malpractice Claim?”
Research shows that intensive therapies that begin as soon as possible can benefit a child who has been injured. We are committed to helping children who have been hurt by medical malpractice get the recoveries that they deserve. If we can help your child, and your family, please do not hesitate to call us or to contact us directly via this website.