Dealing with ongoing health and medical issues of a child forces most New Jersey parents to heavily rely on the knowledge and expertise of doctors and physicians. However, determining when doctors are misguided is not always easy when parents are simply trying to get the best care possible for their child. An out-of-state couple is intimately aware of this after hospital negligence and more than one surgery gone wrong left their young son seriously and permanently injured.
When the couple had a baby boy in 2009, they were told that he was suffering from a few conditions. One of those conditions included a leak in the boy's esophagus. Although none of the diagnosed conditions were considered to be a threat to the boy's life, the attending surgeon took action and put the infant under the knife. By 2011, the small boy had already undergone a total of 25 surgeries.
Rather than improving his quality of life, his parents claim that the 17-month-long period in which the surgeries were performed left the boy physically and mentally devastated. They blame their son's cerebral palsy on the operations that the doctor had insisted were necessary. The boy also suffers from what appears to be completely irreversible brain injuries.
His parents have since settled their claim against the surgeon for $30 million, and they are certainly not alone in their attempt to seek just compensation. Of all medical malpractice suits filed in New Jersey and across the rest of America, a whopping 78 percent pertain to the incorrect treatment or management of a patient. Another 34 percent are associated with surgical errors, such as patients who claim to be the victims of a surgery gone wrong. For most victims, the best way to address medical bills and ongoing pain and suffering is through the successful settling or litigation of a medical malpractice suit.
Source: skylinenewspaper.com, "Surgeon Involved in $30 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement", March 22, 2016