A Florida family recently received a settlement or $19.2 million, in a suit that could be the first of its kind in the area. However, the payment for medical malpractice of the settlement may become dicey.
In 2007, only 15 days after her birth at HealthPark Medical Center, the family’s baby daughter was given a dose of “nutrients”. However, the dosage was wrong, and it was filled as 100 times the dose, stated a doctor. The mistake led to severe complications, including cardiac arrest.
A study explained that after the mistake that almost cost their daughter her life, the family sued the Lee Memorial Health System. The baby girl, now three and a half years old, still suffers severe effects from the accident. She is blind and has cerebral palsy. Her injuries will cause her to need constant care for the rest of her life. She will always be wheelchair bound. She will need to be fed and cared for the rest of her life.
According to a person in the know, the hospital has released a statement discussing that they don’t feel like they should be held accountable for the child’s medical problems. They believe her medical issues stem from her being born three months early and weighing in at only one and a half pounds. This happens in many places including hospitals in New York City and Staten Island.
The family may only see $200,000 of the settlement amount though, due to liability caps. The hospital has never paid a claims bill through the courts, but after appeals and motions to retrial, this may be the first time they do.
If you have a friend or family member who was born prematurely and suffered complications, a New York Medical Malpractice Attorney may be able to help you care for your loved in the way they deserve. After reviewing your case, a New York Medical Malpractice may be able to help you get the compensation you need.