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Verdict awards family of child injured by medication error

When an infant is checked into a hospital for care, parents are trusting that their child will receive good care. Doctors must be able to accurately diagnose an infant's symptoms so as to issue safe and effective treatment. In regard to prescribing medication, the doctor must determine which medicine will best help the child. But it is also important that the medication be given to the child in the proper dosage. A medication error involving an infant could lead to tragic results. Recently, a jury in a Colorado court reached a verdict awarding a family $17.8 million based on a lawsuit filed against a children's hospital. According to the family's attorneys, the medical malpractice case involved the assertion that in 2008, the hospital's staff administered an incorrect dosage of medication prior to the child entering surgery. The child was only four days old at the time. The medication, which had been prescribed by doctors, caused the child to go into cardiac arrest while in the surgical arena. As a result, the attorneys wrote that the child suffered a brain injury leading to cerebral palsy. The child is now 7 years of age and the attorneys state she suffers from disabilities and requires care for the remainder of her life. Medication errors can have tragic consequences. Small children can be especially vulnerable to serious injuries because they have no way to clearly communicate they are experiencing side effects. If you believe your child has suffered harm due to a medication error on behalf of a doctor or other medical professional, contacting an Arizona medical malpractice attorney could be your first step toward having the matter properly addressed.

The attorney can examine your child's medical records in an effort to determine what happened. The attorney could also advise you on what steps you can take in an effort to get compensation for expenses to take care of your child.

Source: 7 News Denver, "Jury awards $17.8M in malpractice verdict against Children's Hospital Colorado," Phil Tenser, April 3, 2015

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