For parents in Rhode Island and across the country, there is nothing scarier than knowing that their child is sick. They are forced to rely on medical professionals who are often overworked to ensure that their children receive necessary care. Unfortunately, parents in another state have recently settled a medical malpractice lawsuit that claimed a delayed diagnosis contributed to their infant son's death.
The 11-month-old boy died in Sept. 2015. His parents sought medical attention after he had experienced multiple days of vomiting and diarrhea. Once at the medical facility, they claim it took medical care providers all day to diagnose his intestinal issue even though it was a relatively common cause of intestinal blockage in children.
Once diagnosed, doctors ordered him transported to another hospital by ambulance rather than by helicopter even though he was experiencing a medical emergency. When he arrived, court papers claim that his heart was racing and he was grunting. While medical workers transferred him from a car seat to a stretcher, he flatlined. Despite life saving efforts, the young boy passed away. His cause of death was ruled sepsis shock caused by dehydration and an intestinal issue.
The claims have recently been settled for $6.5 million. While this agreement may give the parents a sense that justice has been served, it will likely do little to alleviate the sense of loss they feel over the death of their son. The case illustrates the potential harm a delayed diagnosis and treatment can cause. Unfortunately, there are those in Rhode Island who are also suffering as a result of such negligence. An experienced attorney can review their case and help these victims determine the most appropriate course of action, potentially including filing a civil lawsuit.