On behalf of Hastings Law Firm P.C. posted in Surgical Errors on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Texas parents of babies who were the victims of medical negligence may have to cope with the consequences for the remainder of their children’s lives. Costly medical care and personal care may cause significant financial stress. A mother recently reached a settlement of $30 million in an out-of-state lawsuit that followed a surgical mistake in 2011. The suit was filed against a well-known surgeon and the medical facility where he performed the surgical procedure.

According to court documents, the little boy was born with a leaking esophagus in Nov. 2009. Although the parents believed it was a condition that was easily correctable, the first surgery on the day after the birth was followed by 24 more procedures that were described as experimental. It was alleged that the defendant’s improper use of a surgical needle during one of the experimental procedures in Aug. 2011 caused the child’s pulmonary artery to be severed.

According to the mother, her boy — who is six years old by now — suffered life-altering injuries. Along with brain damage, the child now suffers cerebral palsy. The plaintiff’s legal counsel claimed that the surgeon’s procedures were risky and novel and lacked oversight.

The substantial settlement will hopefully provide for the medical and personal care needs of the plaintiff’s son for as long as he lives. Establishing proof of a surgical mistake can be difficult, and the services of an experienced medical malpractice attorney can be of great help. Legal professionals might have easier access to the medical information required to successfully navigate a medical malpractice lawsuit in a Texas civil court.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times, “$30 million settlement in malpractice case against surgeon, Rush”, Frank Main, Feb. 22, 2016

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