On behalf of Hastings Law Firm posted in Hospital Negligence on Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

For many of the youngest and most vulnerable patients in Texas, the neonatal intensive-care unit is usually the safest place in the hospital. Unfortunately, one out-of-state family believes that the NICU is where hospital negligence resulted in their premature infant contracting salmonella. Their medical malpractice suit for the young girl was recently settled for $150,000.

Salmonella poisoning can have devastating side effects. Aside from fever, vomiting and diarrhea, if the infection makes it to a victim’s bloodstream, the body’s organs can be susceptible to serious damage. When premature babies are exposed to dangerous bacterial infections like salmonella, death from necrotizing enterocolitis is not an uncommon result.

The infant was first diagnosed with salmonella in 2012, only a month before a premature boy died of necrotizing enterocolitis at the same hospital. It was quickly determined that the salmonella infection was not caused by contaminated formula, and an internal review by the hospital allegedly showed that doctors had followed protocol while handling the children. Although the girl survived, routine testing showed that the salmonella infection persisted until she reached age 2.

Despite the insistence that medical staff had otherwise followed procedures, the family strongly believed that hospital negligence was at the root of their daughter’s infection. According to them, their daughter should have been tested following the discovery of the other infant’s salmonella infection. Their settlement is currently awaiting the approval of a judge. When Texas families who have suffered through similar circumstances are compensated through a successful medical malpractice claim, they are often able to put the financial burden of related medical costs behind them and instead focus on a full recovery and the future.

Source: modbee.com, “Doctors Medical Center agrees to settle infant salmonella case”, Ken Carlson, Jan. 21, 2015