Family sues Chicago hospital over toddler’s brain injury

On behalf of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC posted in Child Injury on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

When you send your child into surgery, you trust that the health care professionals who are looking after him will do their best to ensure his safety. You might not even think of one of them making a careless mistake that could seriously harm or lead to a child injury.

Unfortunately, this was the case for one family when their little boy went into cardiac arrest following a surgery in Chicago. The surgery was an outpatient procedure for a testicle that had not descended. Although the exact details of the boy’s surgery were not disclosed, the procedure usually involves moving a testicle from the abdomen into the scrotum. It is typically performed under a general anesthetic.

After the boy’s surgery was complete, he went into cardiac arrest and did not have a pulse for at least 15 minutes. The hospital’s personnel allegedly did not begin CPR on the boy until five whole minutes after the cardiac arrest began. As a result, the toddler was deprived of oxygen and he suffered serious permanent brain damage.

The family filed a lawsuit against the county hospital, claiming medical malpractice. At this time, the attorney for Cook County has recommended a settlement of $20 million to be paid to the family.

No one should have to go through this kind of harrowing experience with their child. The family did the right thing by securing a lawyer and holding the hospital legally accountable for their actions. This can help ensure that they will be able to cover the cost for their child’s ongoing treatment.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times, “$20 million settlement recommended for boy’s brain damage suit against Stroger,” Lisa Donovan, Feb. 1, 2013