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Mother blames son's infection on residential facility

While in-home care is possible for some individuals suffering from certain injuries or disabilities, others require much more intense care and treatment. Depending on the type of disability from which a child might suffer, some New Jersey parents might be faced with the difficult decision of finding a residential facility that can more aptly care for their child. However, when placing a disabled child in the care of a specialized facility, no parent expects their son or daughter to develop an infection due to negligent standards of care.

The out-of-state mother of a child suffering from Criduchat syndrome chose to place her son in a residential pediatric facility that specialized in caring for children suffering from severe disabilities. Those who suffer from Criduchat syndrome are unable to walk, talk or see. Initially her son flourished in the facility's environment and enjoyed relatively good health, but his mother claims that all of that changed when the new administration took over operations.

According to a suit filed by the mother, her son's health began to rapidly deteriorate following the change in administration. She cites four different instances in which he had to be transported to an area hospital for serious and critical illnesses. On one occasion, she alleges that the residential facility claimed that her son was otherwise healthy before a severe apneic episode necessitated treatment at the hospital. However, during treatment, he was diagnosed with severe sepsis and hypothermia, necessitating a several-week stay in the pediatric ICU.

There is little doubt that parents deeply love and care for their disabled children, which is why parents of the severely disabled often make the heart wrenching decision to place their children in care facilities that can more adequately address their specialized needs. However, when a residential facility in New Jersey neglects the accepted standards of care for housing and caring for these children, serious infection or illness are just two of the countless catastrophes that can occur. The mental, physical and financial costs associated with these types of injuries can be devastating to all those involved and put an unnecessary burden on families who might already be struggling to ensure the best care possible for their children. In situations such as this, families can typically achieve necessary and just compensation by reaching a settlement or achieving an award in their favor from a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Source: louisianarecord.com, "Mother of disabled child claims medical malpractice", Andrey Burin, July 29, 2015

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