The loss of a child can impact a family for the rest of their lives. Though no one wants to live through such a tragedy, it is one that happens all too often. In some cases, the actions or inaction of another person could potentially lead to a fatality, and if a family believes that hospital negligence resulted in a child's death, there may be cause to pursue legal action.
New Jersey residents may be interested in one mother's case currently underway in another state. Reports indicated that the woman had taken her 7-year-old daughter to the hospital for a diagnosis due to symptoms of illness. The doctor and nurses apparently assumed that the young girl had the flu, but the mother informed them that the child had strep throat twice before and that it could be the current issue. However, the doctor stated that the child did not have strep throat, though he did not test for it.
The young girl was taken back to the hospital two days later due to vomiting and high fever. After conducting a strep test, the results came back positive. However, the young girl died shortly after due to having contracted pneumonia. The mother and her legal representation believe that the hospital was negligent in the treatment of the young girl, and as a result, an investigation has been requested.
Most people trust medical staff to help them understand their illnesses and treat them accordingly. When hospital negligence leads to an unnecessary death, it is a devastating blow. If New Jersey parents have lost a child or other loved one due to such circumstances, they may wish to consider their legal options for seeking compensation.
Source: abc7ny.com, "Mom of Brooklyn girl who died of pneumonia says doctor misdiagnosed case", Feb. 26, 2018